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WORKAHOLICS: Why the “ideal worker” may not be

Sociologists define the “ideal worker” as one who is completely devoted to the job and who is available all the time.  In organizations that value this kind of worker, employees typically develop one of three strategies to cope with the pressure, by:

  • Accepting – and allowing other facets of their lives to wither
  • Passing – and devoting time to other pursuits but under the radar
  • Revealing – and being completely above-board about their outside interests, even to the point of negotiating for formal considerations related to hours and time off

The authors report on their findings based on cross-industry interviews with hundreds of professionals as far as the pervasiveness of the pressure to be an ideal worker and the coping strategies employed.  They then describe ways that organizations can focus more on the quality of work produced than on the sheer hours spent at the office.

Source: Reid, E., and Ramarajan, L. (2016, June). Managing the high intensity workplace. Harvard Business Review, 94(6), 84-90.  Click here: https://hbr.org/2016/06/managing-the-high-intensity-workplace  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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