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10 Reasons You Should Never Bring Unfinished Work Home

10 Reasons You Should Never Bring Unfinished Work Home

According to one famous CEO and author of The Overworked American, “People who work for me should have phones in their bathrooms.” Although many would agree with such ideology of working all the time, many employees are beginning to detest the idea of having work encroach every moment of their lives. The question every employer should ask themselves is, are they getting the best out of their employees by insisting on more work from home?

According to a survey it was discovered that 80 percent of workers take their work home. The research found out that

  • 68% of people read emails before 8 a.m.
  • 50% of people check emails while in bed
  • 40% of people are still doing work after 10 p.m.
  • 57% read work emails during family time
  • 38% read work emails at the dinner table

Here are some reasons why unfinished work shouldn’t be brought home.

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1. Employees bring spilled over problems home

In an interview with Time magazine, Alexander Trotman, chair of Ford Motor Co believes:

“You don’t get real productivity by simply ramping up the line speed…. In the beginning, everyone enjoys the extra pay; but we all get tired, pressures build up, people get edgy, and tensions break out.”

Bringing work home means that other family members have to endure the stress and tensions that arise from work as well as from personal family life.

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2. It increases the risk of depression

According to a study, workers who work more than eleven hours a day are more likely to suffer from depression. According to researchers from the Finnish Institute, there is a link between working overtime and taking work home and depression risk.

3. It interferes with job performance

According to a study 52 percent of employees agree that taking work home tend to interfere with family or home responsibilities. With these statistics it is reckoned that job stress equates family stress as such stress affects the person’s work performance and increases their stress at work.

4. It halts physiological and mental recovery

Home is meant to be a place where we recharge and recover from the day’s workload and stress. By going home to relax and take your mind off work you can offer your body the needed recharge it needs. Yet many deny themselves from this benefit.

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5. It doesn’t balance work and personal life

Somewhere along the lines of providing for your family and offering them the things they need, you also deny them the total attention they deserve by taking work home. Successful people know how to make a balance to get the best out of work and their personal life.

6. It doesn’t build your focus

Focus is important in getting things done. Maintaining your focus shows prioritization and how much you value your personal life and space. Retaining that and offering it the importance it deserves strengthens your vision, focus and attentiveness.

7. It doesn’t build your self esteem

Let’s face it, we all demand our respect and self worth. Perhaps that is what the home offers us. It makes us retain our personal identity and values. By being at home and leaving our work in the office we build our confidence and take charge of our lives.

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8. It damages relationships

Just as much as our work demands our attention and energy, our relationships demand the same from us too. Somehow we need to keep away the stress from our relationships and offer it the attention and energy it also deserves.

9. It doesn’t offer us the adequate time to eat and sleep well

Distractions caused by taking work home could affect the quality of our sleep and what we eat. Sleeping and eating right has a rejuvenating and healthy effect on our bodies. By leaving work behind at the office you focus on your personal health and making the best use of your time at home.

10. It doesn’t help a better employer-employee relationship

Whether it is your company or that of an employer, you should know that you have a connection with work or your employer. But that has its boundaries. And relationships are built on understanding boundaries. Getting the best out of your business or offering the best to your employer demands never stretching boundaries.

Featured photo credit: pelinser at. via flickr.com

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Casey Imafidon

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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