According to a new Populus poll of 2050 workers from the
If you work in an organisation that’s technically-focused, process-driven and has a long-hours/constant availability culture, it can take a long time before anyone’s brave enough to say “no” and add: “there’s an easier way”.
In fact, you learn a kind of discernment. Stuff that has to be done. Stuff that can be knocked off quickly. Meetings to attend. Meetings to avoid. You’ll occasionally get flak for not dotting every ‘i’ and crossing every ‘t’ but you’ll also get much praise for creative and lateral thinking that you’ll now find you have the mental capacity to do. So, by doing what looks to be less, you add more value.
You have to be certain, though, that your value to your organisation is not the hours you work or the forms you fill in but the stuff only you can do. It could employ any slave wage to sit through five-hour meetings with Jack and Jill from Sales, fill in endless forms and attend ‘bonding’ sessions. What is it that you add to this package? That’s what you need to concentrate on. It’s quality of work and effectiveness that count, not long hours and authoritarian managers.
In fact, the Spanish Labour Ministry has just imposed a €25,000 fine on a top official in
Sometimes processes need to be altered, bureaucracy tamed, flow-charts short-circuited. It’s a riskier but endlessly more fulfilling task to make those changes happen than to take everything that’s thrown at you without thought for your health or that of your colleagues.
We all need to take charge of our lives. Don’t buy that house that’s six times your salary. Or that car that’s so much fancier than your neighbour’s.
Nora Johnson’s novel, The De Clerambault Code (www.nora-johnson.com) available at Amazon. Profits to Cudeca