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1. Success at Work, Failure at Home

One of the stated values at IronPort was “work/life balance,” but I clearly wasn’t living it. I was rarely home. And when I was home, well, let’s just say I wasn’t particularly helpful or cheery. My perspective at the time was: I’m killing myself at work, so when I get home, I just want to kick back with a cocktail and watch some TV. All I do is talk to people all day long and so at home, I’d really prefer not to talk much, just relax.

2. The cult of overwork

If the benefits of working fewer hours are this clear, why has it been so hard for businesses to embrace the idea? Simple economics certainly plays a role: in some cases, such as law firms that bill by the hour, the system can reward you for working longer, not smarter. And even if a person pulling all-nighters is less productive than a well-rested substitute would be, it’s still cheaper to pay one person to work a hundred hours a week than two people to work fifty hours apiece. (In the case of medicine, residents work long hours not just because it’s good training but also because they’re a cheap source of labor.) On top of this, the productivity of most knowledge workers is much harder to quantify than that of, say, an assembly-line worker.

5 Comentarii
  1. dragos spune:

    Era o vorba pe vremuri, pare-mi-se ca Exarhu a scos-o: decat un bou obosit mai bine un bou odihnit :-)

  2. George spune:

    Sau „decat bou, mai bine odihnit”

  3. Dan spune:

    Bune. ?i înc? una de la mine: Dealing With Workaholism On Web Teams. :)

  4. A spune:

    Mai e ?i problema lui „do what you love”:

    Ironically, DWYL reinforces exploitation even within the so-called lovable professions, where off-the-clock, underpaid, or unpaid labor is the new norm: reporters required to do the work of their laid-off photographers, publicists expected to pin and tweet on weekends, the 46?percent of the workforce expected to check their work email on sick days. Nothing makes exploitation go down easier than convincing workers that they are doing what they love.

  5. orlando spune:

    Bune ambele, multumesc.

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