Here's Why You Should Leave Work Earlier Every Day
"There's a lingering belief that the only way to prove your dedication and work ethic is to be in the office. All. The. Time," writes Colleen Egan in a Daily Worth post. "Fortunately, for the sake of your sanity and social life, that's no longer the case."Egan spoke to Lisa Orbé-Austin, a psychologist and executive coach, who said being a valuable employee has nothing to do with the hours you put in - but rather the "quality of the work you do and the relationships you develop in the office."
Another reason you shouldn't spend more time at the office than your boss: She may think you're arriving an hour before her every morning (when you're really showing up just minutes before her), and leaving a few hours after her each night (when you're actually departing seconds after her), so she may expect you to produce a 10-hour workday's worth of work."Arriving before the boss and leaving after her can actually work against you if you are not exceeding expectations," Orbé-Austin explains. "I have heard managers say that they can't understand why an employee 'works these long hours' when he or she is missing the mark in other areas." It can even lead a manager to wonder if you are not capable of succeeding in your current position if you are working "10 hours" a day and just barely meeting, or even missing, expectations, she says.
In addition, working excessive hours can affect your personal life and general balance, including time for the gym, family, and social activities, which can have long-term consequences, Orbé-Austin says. "Many supervisors are more interested in efficiency and efficacy rather than non-productive face time - but you need to understand your supervisor's preferences. There may be implicit expectations about your time in the office. Pay attention to the clues around you."So, forget about trying to impress the boss by staying late every day. "The best way to demonstrate that you are truly working beyond expectations is to consistently meet goals, anticipate needs successfully, work collaboratively with colleagues, and show your commitment to the organization and its mission," Orbé-Austin concludes. Want your business advice featured in Instant MBA? Submit your tips to tipoftheday@ . Be sure to include your name, your job title, and a photo of yourself in your email.
- Coinbase hires former Google Pay exec to lead India ops, is hiring aggressively and looking for startup acquisitions
- COVID-19: India reports 2,95,041 new cases and 2,023 fatalities in last 24 hours
- Apple AirTag, iPad Pro, new iMac with M1 chip India pricing and availability details
- India's largest insurer LIC says it earned new business premium worth ₹1.84 trillion last year
- Leg hair, don’t care: Why showing women’s body hair in Indian ads is long overdue