We come across a number of people who want to give everything to their career. You will find them doing a lot of hard work in their work area. People term them as workaholics. You find them working late hours and not spending time with family and friends. They hardly have time for themselves and also are able to manage a few hours of sleep. However, it really remains to be seen whether they are getting the career growth in proportion to their hard work? Yes, maybe in the initial years of their career but not for long.
The significance of breaks: What drives them to work so hard? Is it that they love their work? It is not so, because if you love your work, you are likely to take a break so that you do not mess it up. Even the production setups in the industry have a break every two hours so that the people get to refresh themselves and are able to maintain focus and energy. The breaks are also utilised to eat something and talk to fellow workers, thus generating a break from the work monotony. People who work more than eight hours a day start to lose their efficiency very quickly.
Efficiency and creativity: In the book, “Working ourselves to death,” the author Diane Fassel says, “If you work all the time you lose your edge.” The people who work for such long hours are kind of perfectionists, who want everything to be in order and in control. They are loners and not good team players. So when it comes to efficiency and creativity, the hard workers are not the best producers. In everyday life, we tend to lose focus and energy if we try to work nonstop. At the end of the day, if we cross-check the hard workers are able to get a few routine jobs done and maybe they are ahead of others in inter-departmental work. However, the organisation needs value addition and not just plain hard work!
Revolutionary idea: Ever wondered why good companies organise offsite meetings? You are not even allowed to switch on your mobiles. Here the topics discussed are of importance to the company and they do not want that your mind is entangled with workplace activities. Anyone can do the hard work but very few can come with a breakthrough idea when doing fishing on the river bank. Troubleshooting in the workplace also requires you to be free from the mental stress. You really need time to ponder on what is going wrong and make an alternate plan.
The extra that matters: The other thing that is on the mind of hard workers is avoidance. They do not know what lies beyond hard work and they could be victims of crumbling personal relationships. They prefer to hide behind those extra work hours in order to earn sympathy from the family members. The people doing the hard work are also spending a high amount of energy in their daily work routine. On the day when an extra bit is required from all employees, they are the laggards. They take the time to absorb the new activity as it requires working even harder. By the time they do it, the activity has lost its significance.
The essence: The people who get to the top in their careers are not necessarily hard workers. They always keep the workload between very heavy and very light. They are always alert and lively and ready to put in that extra amount of hard work on the day when it matters the most. Mark the words and understand them carefully. That should see you back from your office in time and enjoy the rest of your life!
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