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Every hour counts

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Q: I work 60 hours a week, so my family is shortchanged. But the corporate culture here is to “stick it out” and put in long hours. How can I create a better balance?

A: The danger of working in a job where co-workers try to outdo each other by burning the midnight oil is that everyone focuses on the wrong thing. Peer pressure’s healthy when it’s based on attaining excellence; it’s destructive when it induces employees to hang around when they should be at home. The solution is to step back and—with your boss’s input—review the performance measures that apply to your job. Do a time study to break down how long it takes to meet and exceed those goals. You can assess whether you’re in a no-win situation if too much is expected of you even after 45 or 50 hours a week. If you’re being squeezed too tight, find ways to streamline your job, such as delegating tasks.

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