The Secret To Only Working 8-5Filed Under Human Factors
Here is the secret: learn to walk away.
Developers who find themselves staying at the office later and later are in a downward spiral. The more they heroically work, the more work is piled on. The more work piled on, the more heroically they work. Late night heroics should be an exception and not the expectation.
Why does this occur? The answer is simple, you trained your manager to permanently expect heroics.
Being a hero is a classic mistake, and consistently working massive amounts of overtime will give your managers a false perception of your daily output. As a result, they will pile an inhuman amount of work on you. Here are the 2 biggest reasons:
- Overloading is unintentional, but you never correct them
- Intentional overloading so to appear a productive manager, but you never set personal boundaries
Are you noticing a pattern? It is your responsibility to set the expectations. Unless you are masochistic, don’t be a hero. Inform your manager of the true number of hours worked, and learn to set personal boundaries. You have a life too.