Humans have a tacit bias for tracking performance based on hours. But logging hours is an outmoded concept in a world filled with endless busywork.
In this episode, I chat with Tami Forman, the CEO of Path Forward, a nonprofit organization that helps women (and men) transition back into the workforce after they’ve taken a long break to raise a child.
In a wide-ranging conversation, Tami and I talk about the gender biases built into tracking performance based on hours, how to create an office culture that supports work/life balance, and why we should critique — rather than celebrate — people who indulge in overwork.
Key takeaways from our conversation:
- Why your work performance drops off a cliff after 55 hours
- How implementing “core hours” can create more work/life flexibility and limit time spent in meetings
- Why measuring performance based on hours disadvantages women
- How parenting makes you better at prioritizing
- Why we should look at people who “overwork” with a critical eye
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“I would love to see our entire culture start to look at people who overwork as a little bit problematic. Like: What’s wrong with you if you can’t get your work done in a reasonable amount of time. Are you not efficient? Are you not actually competent? How can we help you in your performance? Instead of making it a badge of honor.”
“We’re very all or nothing, we Americans. There’s this sort of macho ideology around putting in long hours, and we’ve somehow have kind of deified busy-ness in a way that I think is really, really detrimental to our physical and mental health.”
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A shortlist of the ideas and articles mentioned in our conversation:
- “Making Space for Moms,” a fantastic 5-minute talk by Tami
- How some men fake an 80-hour workweek
- The BuzzFeed guide to bullet journaling
- More on the concept of “core hours”
- Follow Tami: Path Forward | Twitter
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