My husband relayed a story to me about a recent call he was on in which some fellow colleagues were talking about (humblebragging about) how they had stayed up until 2am to work on the current project and then woken up at 4am.
People have a sense of pride in today’s current work culture over being able to state that they worked a ton of hours this week, last week, or last month. I know because I’ve done it in the past and am actively trying not to do it. (Sigh.)
Your 60-hour workweek is not a badge of honor. It’s a problem. And in addition to harming your mental and physical health – it may make you unproductive or cause mistakes.
It’s not just the U.S., both Japan and India have issues with being overworked. For those who embrace the overwork culture in the U.S., there’s a performative element – having your ‘dream career’ or doing something meaningful – means having exhaustion that can be displayed like a bizarre kind of trophy.
If there was any time to change the way we work, now is the time to do it.
This Talking Tuesday is recommended by: Michelle Cicotte