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Successful People Always Leave the Office on Time?

Our 9-to-5 grind has produced a cult of workaholics. And regrettably, the eight to twelve hour workday hasn’t shifted in years.

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15 replies on “Successful People Always Leave the Office on Time?”

Not sure this is even possible in the current climate. So much competition. The moment you turn your back another PMs waiting to take over. On the flip side everyone’s entitlied to a life outside of work, even PMs. So what do we do when there is a lack of jobs, but an expectation to be a 180 percent utilised. One thing which is clear is that if we end up dropping dead because of a job we will be replaced in a heartbeat. They might say what a great pm you were for a week, but you will soon be forgotten. Jesus please show us the way.

It maybe the norm, but its down to the individual to set standards and barriers in order to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Good article and well written. Well, I suggest that if you work for any of the big 10 i.e. AECOM, Turner and Townsend, Arup, Arcadis that working late is not only the standard practice, but also most certainly expected and if you don’t like it change career. I challenge anyone to differ with this!

The bit I liked most is …when you fall it is your family and friend who give you a helping hand not your client or employer…. It so true. Well done Dean!

Very good topic! Workaholics are gradually destroying themselves and making a lot of harm to their families. They also potentially can make serious problems for their employer. For fighting it, first it should be clear message about the issue from company top management and their example about not being workaholic. It should be constantly repeated by managers of all levels. However it might be not sufficient as for individuals problems usually are related to their values, self-esteem, not having purpose of life etc. Immediate, most easy help could be coaching/mentoring assistance. Next step is psychotherapy. However this also might not help. Finally with very individual and very careful approach it could only help correct spiritual practices.

work hard, play hard as the saying goes. if my employer offers a flexible work life balance then I am prepared to go the extra mile. if not I’ll just have to stick to the contract. you give a little you get a little back. if on the other hand it’s all hard work and no reward, then to hell with that. time to change job

yes, there is more to life than just work. nonetheless work plays a vital role in helping us fulfil our goals and ambitions. family is equally important, we take our families for grantee but they are the ones we learn on in times of distress.

Just need a balance. I don’t think rules help, though. Each situation is different – but if you don’t have a healthy mix of work, play and family you will burn out.

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