Saturday, 14 July 2018

* They Say You Shouldn't Bring Work Home, But Here Are Three Times When They're Wrong

There’s a common belief that you should never bring work home. Balancing work and home life is crucial, no matter what their career. And, if the two start to cross over too much, there’s every chance you’ll stress yourself out, and ultimately fall out of love with your career.

But, as with anything, this advice doesn’t suit every situation. While bringing work home every night is a bad idea, there are times you may need to do so temporarily. And, we’re going to look at the main three here. 

You want to progress

A desire for progression is perhaps the most pressing reason to bring work home. If you want to stand out to your boss, you’ll need to pull extra hours. After all, only those who go the extra mile go up for promotion. If you’re working into your evenings, there’s a sure chance you’ll be able to produce better quality work than your colleagues.

Even if you don’t have any tasks to bring back, you could use this time for improvement. Admittedly, your employer should provide essential job training. But, you could pay for outside courses which enhance that and show initiative. Office workers who use Excel programmes could sign up for VBA training courses. Those who work in customer-facing roles could embark on first aid training. These are small steps which, when you put them into practice, could go a long way towards boosting your standing in the company.

You’re paid a salary

On the face of things, salary work seems better than hourly rates. After all, this ensures you get the same amount each month and don’t have to worry about lost hours. But, it does have the downside of meaning you’ll sometimes need to take work home. When you’re paid by the hour, you don’t have to do anything outside your contract. Even unfinished jobs will need to either wait or pass to someone else. But, when you receive a salary, you’ll need to either finish those tasks during the day or take them home to do. So, if you’ve had a busy day and not completed your to-do list, you’ll have no choice but to work into the evening. Failure to do so could land you in hot water, and even cost you your position.

You’re in a position of power

We’ve already spoken about the need to work into your evenings for promotion. But, you may also need to do this if you succeed in your goal. Being in a position of power means that you have to set the right impression. It also likely means you have a more significant workload than your colleagues. And, you can bet if you start missing deadlines, the rest of your team will follow suit. So, as a manager, you may need to take work home some evenings. You might find yourself having to work on job delegation when on the sofa or develop whole projects from your home office. Such is the life of management. 

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