Putting more hours, only means you are inefficient

overtimeQuality versus quantity, the debate never ends.

Is it about putting endless inefficient hours in office to please the management or giving quality productive time to your job regardless of number of hours spent at workplace?

The old traditional thumb rule taught us the following-

  • Look busy do nothing
  • Spend more time after office hours
  • Fix up appraisal meetings with the management over lunch or dinners
  • Suck up to the leaders and kick down you own team
  • You are the best in the room, and everyone else is a competition, Use all platforms and meetings to outsmart your colleagues and peers.
  • You are being observed and watched, don’t indulge in office grapevine conversations
  • Do exactly what you are being told by your bosses.
  • Try not to question your seniors, they know much more than you do.

In simple terms be a slave and serve your corporate imprisonment.

Is your company transparentDo you think this approach will work in today’s day and age, which is all about being connected and collaborative?

Tips for communication professionals

  • Facilitate a culture of openness and transparency- create forums for employees to talk to the management.
  • Spending more time in office only means you are inefficient and have no life after work. Rather promote a culture of work-life balance.
  • Sucking up is passé, rather let your work do the talking. And remember its not what you do but how you do it (one of my favorite business leaders once told me this mantra)
  • Learn from your colleagues; don’t take them as competitors but as your support staff who can help you with your work. Collaborate don’t compete.
  • Don’t just follow, what your leaders tell you, question the status quo. Use your own intelligence and suggest them what could be right as per you- remember leaders don’t know everything that’s why they hired you.
  • Treat your team as you would like to be treated by your boss. Things would be much more simple


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  1. Tarun,

    I think you make a great point here. Too often the focus seems to be more on employees being busy rather than being productive. And activity doesn’t always mean productivity.

    I think a big problem with a lot of businesses today is that there is not enough focus on evaluating whether employees should even be doing certain tasks. A lot of employees are genuinely busy, but they are doing things that are adding little or no value to the company. And even with tasks that are important, often employees could be doing them more efficiently.

    Greg

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