Working Hard Hardly Working

I love that tag line, its something we all do, most days in the office can have you doing a lot of both the options. It is very possible to do a lot of very little in the course of a days work. Sometimes your manager may not even notice and if you are smart you have learnt how to get away with it by now.

At the end of the day though how does this really make you a better employee or a better manager? Reasons for slacking at work can be many, but some of the most common ones i’ve come across are:

  1. You are bored and tired of your job so you don’t really care too much, so long as you show up and look busy, all shall be well with the pay check come end month
  2. You are just about to move jobs so its just a formality to show face and pretend your sad to be leaving though you know all too well that you are exstatic about it and in your mind this job is a wrap!
  3. You have personal problems and challenges which are honestly taking up all your mental capacity, you have no time to really get involved in work at depth at this time
  4. You have other side biashara’s that are bringing you money so spend your time during the day splitting yourself between the two trying to juggle it well. That is trying to make sure the guy you hired is not ripping you off and ensuring that your boss doesn’t find out where you really were when you claimed you were in need of study leave.

I sometimes find that the hardly working bit does not work as well as the working hard bit. All bosses really want you to be a hardworker, increase sales, be professional and lets be frank most organisations have no incentives for.

Here’s my two cents about why you should choose WH over HW:

  1. At the end of the day its a personal choice. Not all bosses notice all hardowrkers, which is a shame, though you can go the extra mile to make youself be noticed every now and then.
  2. Personal satisfaction which will go a long way in helping you shape the person you want to become. Hardworkers always get noticed at some point, it may not be when you expect to be noticed, but trust me it will come some time in your career.
  3. Building your CV is obviously a perk here, because you can easily list the accomplishments that you have achieved, the projects you have worked on, and this will help you move on to greener pastures easier than those who were not too sure what work they have achieved at the organisation.
  4. Increased experience from exposure to people out there in the industry develops your expertise and increases the skills you have. Whenever you get into an instance where you basically have to work your arse of to deliver then you get to know how to push yourself out of your comfort zone.


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