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I think I am, generally, a hard-working person. I was recently having a chat with a colleague about how many hours a day she considers herself to be productive. In an 8-hour day, she thought that if were if four to six hours were productive, that is pretty good.
I was shocked. I know I put pressure on myself but that seems like an easy day to me. I think the occasional day like that is okay but every day - no!
What would an employer expect in productivity at work? How do you manage yourself if you are over achieving? Is this an age and stage in life thing too? (I am 50 years old). How many hours should you work in a workday?
Dear Hard Work,
How many hours are you getting paid for? That's how many you should be working.
Or... that time you spent making small talk with your boss when they stopped you in the corridor to chat about the holidays because their executive coach told them they need to be more personable.