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Why do we work so hard?
A thought-provoking dissection of why many knowledge workers work so hard. It’s not because we don’t enjoy it, but because we do. It’s less a job as it is an identity and a community that many don’t want to give up.
4 days ago by irace
The Research Is Clear: Long Hours Backfire for People and for Companies
While managers did penalize employees who were transparent about working less, Reid was not able to find any evidence that those employees actually accomplished less, or any sign that the overworking employees accomplished more.
work  work-life-balance  productivity  sarah-green-carmichael 
12 days ago by JorgeAranda
Wer weniger arbeitet, leistet mehr – TagesWoche
> Dabei gibt es auch aus wirtschaftlicher Sicht gute Gründe für kürzere Arbeitstage.
25 days ago by arnalyse
Watch out for this disturbing new trend in job interviews | Ladders
"It’s the hot new thing in job interviews: Testing whether candidates are willing to sacrifice everything — their home lives, their families, their health — for the good of their company.

"The Muse recently wrote that we should be aware of “work-life balance ‘tests'” during interviews, highlighting the chief executive of Barstool Sports, Erika Nardini, who reportedly texts job applicants interviewing with the company on weekends. Nardini said she does this 'just to see how fast you’ll respond,' in an interview with The New York Times. She expects to be contacted back 'within three hours,' she elaborated.
interviews  work-life-balance  jobsearch 
10 weeks ago by katherinestevens
The company isn’t a family – Signal v. Noise
Whenever executives talk about how their company is really like a big ol’ family, beware. They’re usually not referring to how the company is going to protect you no matter what or love you unconditionally. You know, like healthy families would. The motive is rather more likely to be a unidirectional form of sacrifice: Yours.

The best companies aren’t families. They’re supporters of families. Allies of families. There to provide healthy, fulfilling work environments so when workers shut their laptops at a reasonable hour, they’re the best husbands, wives, parents, siblings, and children they can be.
signal-vs-noise  david-heinemeier-hansson  work-life-balance  workplace-culture 
12 weeks ago by yolandaenoch
How to Manage: Let Employees Put Family First. It's Good for Business. | Alex Salkever | Pulse | LinkedIn
"Caring for family is the one non-negotiable in all of our lives. ... Showing empathy for this reality is a key way to show that you care about your employees as people and don’t view them as units of production. By allowing them the flexibility to care for their family, you are telling them that you value their entire person.

"In most cases, in my experience, those employees will reward you by producing top quality work. A growing body of research supports my experience. Research by Penn State University economist Lonnie Golden '...suggests flexibility to balance work with personal needs makes employees happier, ultimately boosting productivity and retention.' And research on BestBuy employees by University of Minnesota sociology professor Phyllis Moen (published in the Atlantic) suggested that emphasizing outcomes and not attendance created a healthier work environment. Said Moen, 'Emphasizing actual results can create a work environment that fosters healthy behavior and well-being.' ...

"There are situations, of course, where the care requirements are so great that it becomes impossible to continue with a standard work schedule. Those situations are tough. The good news is, if you have already established a baseline of honesty, trust and compassion with those employees they tend to come to you first to ask about family leave or other alternatives. In return, you can put in place a glide path for them to return easily, once their situation changes for the better.

"The basic upshot is simple. Let your employees put their families first, their work second, and to control their schedules. In doing so, you will encourage them to do their best work and to build a commitment to you and to the organization with a solid basis of trust, compassion, caring and honesty. Take care of them and they will take care of your company - and then some."
Author: Alex Salkever, LinkedIn, July 4, 2014
work-life-balance  family  business 
july 2017 by katherinestevens
The ‘Busy’ Trap -
Busyness serves as a kind of existential reassurance, a hedge against emptiness; obviously your life cannot possibly be silly or trivial or meaningless if you are so busy, completely booked, in demand every hour of the day.
july 2017 by JorgeAranda
Trickle-down workaholism in startups – Signal v. Noise
So don’t tell me that there’s something uniquely demanding about building yet another fucking startup that dwarfs the accomplishments of The Origin of Species or winning five championship rings. It’s bullshit. Extractive, counterproductive bullshit peddled by people who either need a narrative to explain their personal sacrifices and regrets or who are in a position to treat the lives and wellbeing of others like cannon fodder.
Finally, as way of having my own skin in the game, we’ve been running a wonderfully successful business at Basecamp for some fourteen years now. One profitable since the get-go without demanding the total consumption of life force from the people working here. Neither from Jason nor I, nor from our employees.
Hell, right now, we’re working our four-day summer weeks until the end of August. This while servicing over a hundred thousand paying customers, stewarding Ruby on Rails, writing a new book, and ranting with a fervor against the extractive logic of many a venture capitalist. Forty hours or less has been plenty to do all of that since the beginning, and it’s likely to be plenty for you too.
Workaholism is a disease. We need treatment and coping advice for those afflicted, not cheerleaders for their misery.
work  business  productivity  work-life-balance 
july 2017 by gavinr
Writing Routines - Eric Barker
Looking at how top performers get stuff done, what you consistently see is monomaniacal focus. Everything that is not the work gets jettisoned. So while writing the book, I absolutely 100% did that. And I ended up on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. But that monomaniacal focus also made me incredibly depressed. In fact, while I was writing the 6th chapter—about work/life balance—things became horribly ironic. I saw these world class successful people who gave it all to their work, reached the pinnacle…and they screwed up their relationships beyond repair. I knew that I couldn’t keep working like this. I needed to follow what I’d written in that sixth chapter probably more than anyone who would buy the book.

Luckily, I have a girlfriend who makes me step away from the computer and makes me actually take time to appreciate what I’ve accomplished. Back in early 2014, before I put the blinders on and went total workaholic, I wrote in the introduction: “By looking at the science behind what separates the extremely successful from the rest of us, we learn what we can do to be more like them—and find out in some cases why it’s good that we aren’t.” I had no idea how personally prescient those words would become. It’s your personal definition of success that matters, not being #1 on planet Earth. The research shows that over the long term, happiness leads to success more than success leads to happiness. Balance is essential.
success  life-advice  happiness  obsessed  work-life-balance 
june 2017 by lwhlihu

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