“Miss…Miss!”, said the hairdresser as she tried to rouse me from my slumber. I had, mid conversation apparently, fallen dead asleep while getting my hair cut.

No surprise really. I was a young auditor, 6 months out of The Ohio State University and was “paying my dues” with KPMG US .

I had worked 7 weeks straight averaging 16 hours a day.

I was exhausted – clearly!

This is what you did in the ’90s and early 2000s.

In the late ’10s and pre-Covid we saw this behavior abating to some extent with a new focus on wellbeing and a new generation of workers that wouldn’t put up with crazy hours.

Since Covid we seem to be going backwards.

I found this article last week and it scares the bejeezus out of me!

People are working longer hours in the new remote or hybrid world and it could literally be killing us!

Pop down below the quote for my best tip on how to take control of our worklife back to protect our health.

I’d also love to hear what you do personally or what you encourage your team to do.

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“Working long hours poses an occupational health risk that kills hundreds of thousands of people each year, the World Health Organization says.

People working 55 or more hours each week face an estimated 35% higher risk of a stroke and a 17% higher risk of dying from heart disease, compared to people following the widely accepted standard of working 35 to 40 hours in a week, the WHO says in a study that was published Monday in the journal Environment International.”

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I’m talking to people every day who are working longer hours because our work lives are changing. We may take a break during the day to pick up kids from school or go grocery shopping without crowds.

Then we’ll work longer into the night because we feel guilty.

We must change our thinking around this from hours to outcomes.

My best advice.

Set 5 or fewer outcome based, measurable goals for yourself and agree them with your manager. These can be a combination of long term, ongoing goals and those that can be completed within the next quarter.

Then set weekly and daily goals that will move you forward in achieving your overall goals or KPIs.

Work until you achieve these daily and weekly goals – and then stop working.

This will be a new behavior and will require you (and your manager) to shift your mindset as well as your habits, but can become the new, less stressful way of working.

And, quite frankly this will be the only way forward to embrace the Future of Work and to increase employee engagement and employee experience.

#FutureOfWork #TargetRichObjectives #wellbeing #MentalHealth