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Nov 07

Category: Career Advice

There are two types of people in the world of work – those who have that Sunday fear and dread the early morning alarm, and those who love their job and devote their entire life to it. The 7am office start and relentless long nights are not for everyone, but for others, they live for the adrenaline rush.

Astonishingly, a recent study found that the average employee will spend a total of 82,068 hours working over their lifetime, the equivalent to working a 9.4-year shift or 3,420 days of non-stop working!

Being hooked to your job doesn’t mean the idea of a social life needs to be non-existent. It’s all about finding a happy medium that works for you. Below are some top tips to help you avoid becoming bogged down with work 24/7.

#1 Do your research

First things first, don’t allow yourself to get dragged into a working environment that isn’t the right fit for you. Before accepting any job offer, make sure you look into the industry you’re applying for. Some industries have a reputation for long, enduring hours in a fast-paced, competitive environment, with not one spare minute to think about anything else other than work. Do you fit into this? Some people thrive under such pressure, but for others, it’s not so easy. Work out exactly what fits into your work ethos and steer clear of industries that don’t.

Researching company culture is pivotal. Read here to find out what alarm bells should ring to know if the culture is right for you. 

#2 Find the right balance   

A work-life balance is crucial for both your physical and mental health.

Having a full-time job doesn’t mean you have to completely compensate your social life; it’s important you find the perfect middle ground. Set yourself after-hour commitments that you stick to. This could be 7pm spin classes every Tuesday, or casual dinner plans with friends or loved ones once a week. Whatever it may be, ensure these commitments are set in stone to give yourself that well-deserved break from the pressures of work.

When last minute projects pop up in your inbox and working on the weekend is impossible, be organised enough to filter it into your weekly plan so it doesn’t interrupt your personal life.

For more tips on how to get your work-life in order, click here.

#3 Don’t be afraid to talk to your boss

Just because your boss may be a workaholic, it doesn’t mean they expect the same from you. If you feel like you’re being bombarded with a never-ending to-do list, don’t be afraid to pull your manager aside to ask what needs to be prioritised. Bosses can forget how much work they have delegated, so flagging this up will show you care about getting everything done. Communication is key!

It goes without saying, any job will endure long hours every now and then or a couple hours extra work after your Sunday lunch. Although this conveys your flexibility and commitment to the job, ensure your boss knows this is an exception and not a regular habit to avoid becoming your bosses’ go-to in order for them to ease their workload!

#4 However, it’s not all doom and gloom

Let’s not forget the positives. If there is no escape from the pressures of working long hours, it’s definitely not the end of the world. Surrounding yourself in such a pressured dynamic can positively push the boundaries to reach your full potential. You will be able to pick up new skills and be open to more opportunities which could lead to future promotions and pay rises – all from just a few extra hours work and dedication!

What you commit to your job is ultimately down to you. You don’t need to put in 75 hours a week to be a good employee. Yes, being the first in the door and the last to leave shows dedication and drive, but establishing the right work-life balance is crucial in getting the most out of your job. And most importantly, working effectively and making the most of your hours is key. The last thing you want to do is burn out! As Hilary Clinton states, “Don’t confuse having a career for having a life”.

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