Finding Balance in the Chaos- 60-Hour Work Weeks and How to Negotiate Unaccounted-For Time

You probably give your employer your all, which means that you might put in 60-hour work weeks and could be pushing yourself on a daily basis. Although having a strong work ethic is certainly admirable, finding balance in the chaos is equally important. Luckily, these tips can help you stay sane while giving your company your all.

Don’t Push Yourself Too Hard

Every now and then, you should learn to say no. Once you become the go-to guy (or gal), you’ll always be asked to stay late, work on weekends and take your work home with you. You don’t want to give off the impression that your work is free (or cheap), and you also don’t want to become expected to always say “yes.” There is nothing wrong with being a go-getter, but also learn how to say no so that you don’t push yourself too hard. Otherwise, you could experience burn out or could miss out on a lot of important things in your personal life.

Keep Track of Time

Those added hours that you work from home or stay late in the office unpaid can really add up more than you think. Make sure that you jot these extra hours down so that you can keep track of them.

Talk to Your Boss

Talk to your boss about all of the extra work that you have been putting in – there’s a chance that (s)he does not even realize or really notice it. Ensuring that your boss knows about it can help you negotiate to be paid for these extra hours and might put you at the front line for getting a potential raise.

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