Happy At Work On overwork October 20, 2015 Alexander 4 Comments Thought: Only the truly incompetent need to work 80 hours a week to succeed at something. Discuss. Share this:LinkedInFacebookTwitterRedditPinterest Related
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Incompetent businesses and industries force otherwise competent people to work 80+ hr/wk all the time. Less about the worker and more about corporate culture.
80 hours is literally two people’s jobs. If you are forced to do the work of two people — even for a little while — it shows a structural failure. Either you have planned so poorly that you have fallen 100% behind on a project, or your company is asking way too much from a single person. I always say “An all-nighter is the final sign of multiple failures.”
I think we’ve all had projects that required extra hours — a short, intense period leading up to a deadline, perhaps — but if that’s normal, it’s completely unhealthy. The people I admire don’t work 80 hours/week but instead have found balance and systems.
Funny that my manager should brag about working that many hours…
Bullshit in the extreme. I used to get close to those hours because my boss fired everyone and I was literally the rat on the ship. So glad when I quit.