Being a workaholic is nothing to be proud of, experts say.

While there are many companies that make you work more than 50 hours a day and reward you for putting in more hours, other companies are sensible. They have looked at the whole “working extra hours” closely and have realized that making employees work too much has a highly negative impact on the company. No matter how willing an employee may be to work hard and put in extra hours you shouldn’t encourage it because it can harm your employees’ personal lives and the productivity of the entire company.

It is not unheard of, of people ending up with health issues, some even having to be admitted in the hospital. It is also not unheard of, of relationship breaking and marriages ending in divorce. The main reason is that people don’t give enough time to their personal lives and are so caught up with their work that they completely ignore every other aspect of life. The pressure from their bosses is so much that they never take breaks and work even they are sick. When you are going through such trauma in your personal life, you will obviously not be able to concentrate on your work even if you work for 60-70 hours per week.

Research has shown that even though working extra seems to do wonders for companies, the wonders are short-lived. Within no time the productivity will start declining and even your star employees will not be able to deliver efficiently.

Here are the facts that research has disclosed:

  • Employees who overwork are more prone to health issues, especially heart disease.
  • Workaholic employees become less productive after a point of time because of the stress they have to endure.
  • Employees who work too much are more likely to become alcoholic.
  • Workaholic employees obviously lose sleep due to all the work and the extra hours. Loss of sleep can affect you in an array of ways right from making you cranky to making you less efficient to creating numerous health issues.

Thus, as the leader, your focus should not be on encouraging your employees to work through the week for so many hours. Your focus should be on enabling them to work smartly so that they work for not more than 40 hours a week and still get everything done. That is actually easy. All you have to do is to come up with tricks such as shortening meetings, not distracting employees with too many emails, and so on. The strategies may vary with the company based on the work culture but you have to make a move in order to discourage workaholism as opposed to encouraging it.

May be reward your employees for working only 40 hours a week and getting all the work done?

Entrepreneurial Learning

If your company rewards people who work extra, you are slowly killing their productivity and endangering the growth of your business. Businesses who practically allow work-life balance are much more successful than those, who make employees work extra hours each day.

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