Workaholics Aren’t Heroes

Our culture celebrates the idea of being a workaholic. Workaholics are people who pull all nighters, they sleep at the office, and they kill themselves over projects.

And they do this because, typically, managers and employers praise individuals who sacrifice their time instead of rewarding individuals for personal productivity.

If one individual, for example, takes 8 hours to finish 8 hours worth of work and another individual finishes the same amount of work in 4 hours but then goes home after, the latter employee is often times considered the more lazy of the two.

This is because few managers choose to measure the results of their employees’ actions and instead choose to measure the contribution of their time.

However, it’s more important to focus on being productive rather than on being busy because not only is being a workaholic unnecessary, it’s stupid.

Working more doesn’t mean you get more done. It just means you work more.

In the book “Rework,” Jason Fried, who is a founder of 37signals, says,

“Workaholics aren’t heroes. They don’t save the day, they just use it up. The real hero is already home because she figured out a faster way to get things done.”


12 thoughts on “Workaholics Aren’t Heroes

  1. I use to work hours on project because if time scales, or i was new and still learning. And sometimes if you are on a global project you have to support other regions. And sometimes you have someone who makes the project late.

    But i agree being a workaholic is not smart but sometimes because the last nature of some people you will need up working late.. i use to get that when i was at a company. I have almost finished crush it..gary promotes a workaholic style… which after doing all hour is not what i want to do..i want balance..but. sometimes you need to work late for reason stated.

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    1. I don’t think working hard is a bad thing. I agree that you should work hard to achieve what you want in life. working hard however is bad when it’s inefficient. Gary works smart, but he also happens to work hard. This post was more so about productivity and being efficient.

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  2. Very truly said!
    If I may take this out of the work scenario and into the broader picture …it is about another human defining the other’s reality and way of being. Then whatever the designation be …manager, boss, superior. While those tags define responsibilities is up to each person to own one’s own strengths and qualities and show up in the world above and beyond definitions given by the other …

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      1. Hmm …I still want to point the individuals to explore possibilities beyond current reality …creating their own reality, not defined by others. I understand your point of view but then one can change her own life only by choice …:)

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