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Dedication is often measured in the number of hours people spend at the office, but research has shown over and over again that having a healthy balance between work and other activities leads to much higher productivity.
Problem with corporate America is that we are all looking at each other and consider face time to be the measure for commitment and often even success. Especially in larger organizations it is often hard to point out who contributed what. This makes it easy to hide behind the group if things don’t work out, but for a successful project it is also hard to point out who contributed most effectively. The easiest way then is to look at who spend the most time in the office……..
It is not about the number of hours you put into a project or you work, it is about the results you generate. Properly documenting your meetings, setting an agenda and distributing minutes, and having an easy to use team task list that tracks who does what and when, will help to move a project or organization forward AND will show who is actually delivering results. It is about getting things done, not about how much time you spend on it.
This week there was in interesting article on Inc.com Stop Working More Than 40 Hours a Week. This should be lesson for all of us. Work can be fun and interesting, but there is more to life than the office.