Working hard versus working long

As an addition to last weeks post, I’ll go in a bit deeper on working hard and working long, and the difference between those two.

A lot of people mistake doing long hours at the office and working hard.  In the book ReWork by 37Signals (which I reviewed previously) the difference is being described pretty good, so I’ll use their words.

Working more doesn’t mean you care more or get more done. It just means you work more.

And as for the managers who reward the people that stay at the office longer:

Send people home at 5. You don’t nee more hours; you need better hours.

And for everyone who’s afraid they won’t get their task done today:

If a task doesn’t get done this very instant, nobody is going to die. Nobody’s going to lose their job. It won’t cost the company a ton of money. What it will do is create artificial stress, which leads to burnout and worse. So reserve your use of emergency language for true emergencies.

For everything else, chill out.

As a bonus, here’s a short video on the matter:


About leyssensjan

Jan Leyssens is a designer and entrepreneur who strongly believes you can’t turn sustainability into a positive story if your main focus is on negative impact. When designing, he is always looking for the overlap between activism and entrepreneurship, technology and community. His main expertise lies in strategic business model development, Circular Economy, the makermovement, and social innovation. With a background in Industrial Design, Jan quickly shifted his focus towards business design and using the design process in strategic management. Jan is the father of two kids and founder & CEO of Regenerative Design, co-founder of Full Circle, ImpactBoost, and the Circular Design map, podcaster, storyteller, and changemaker.

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