Some more comments on balance

- the average American sleeps less than 6.5 hours a night - this has a negative impact on performance

- longer holidays equate to better performance

- working more than 50 hours a week means less sleep, less physical activity, higher job dissatisfaction and worst performance

- the longer and more continuously people work, the less marginal return they get from each additional hour

For example,

"... when you're running as fast as you can, you sacrifice attention to detail, as well as any time to step back, reflect on the big picture and think strategically and long-term. If you operate at high-intensity under maximum pressure, for long hours, you use up your energy reservoir - your perspective narrows and your primitive instincts begin to take over. We need a better way of working. It's not about generating short-term, superficial productivity gains by using fear as a motivator and squeezing people to their limits. Rather, it depends on helping leaders understand that more is not always better, and that rest, renewal, reflection and long-term perspective are also critical...... stop measuring staff by hours they put in; focus instead on the value they produce..."

Tony Schwartz, 2010

. Listen to your energy levels, especially your psychological (mental) energy. Healthy energy is synonymous with drive, commitment, passion, hope, enthusiasm, capacity to be different, take risks, resilience, stamina, etc (Helen Trinca, 2006d). Being physically fit helps with mental energy

. It is better to pack it in when you are tired and come back fresh in the morning. You work faster and are more creative when you are fresh.

. Keep lots of open, unstructured time for wandering around the workplace and talking to people about the change process and how they are handling it

 

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