Has it ever happened that on some days you finish your day’s official work on time and end up twiddling your thumbs scrolling through your social media newsfeed reading about Lamar’s recovery and why Khloe hasn’t left his bedside.
All this while, you are pretending to be busy because your boss is still in the office. Most people work 40 hours a week and if you are anything like me, there are some days when you work faster than others and still stick around office premises.
Perhaps your boss and team work insanely work long hours and, whether agreed or unspoken, you are expected to do the same. Leaving your work place on time every day may seem like you are limiting your productivity.
Some companies in Kampala still think staying in office for long hours equals to hard work and being more productive. The reality of this is so different. Productivity becomes a more meaningful concept when you have fewer hours in a day.
Having more working hours means that you procrastinate a lot more of the work at hand by leaving your desk for tea breaks, chit chatting with your colleagues and generally waste a lot of time saying “I have plenty of time to do that”.
When you give yourself a schedule and a deadline to complete your projects, you absolutely must be productive throughout your workday. There isn’t time to stay late and catch up on the work that you put off, because you’ve now committed to doing something else by the end of your working hours.
Spending too much time at the office can also blur the line between work and your personal life. If you regularly leave work on time, you get to do things like going to the gym, spend time with your loved ones, sleep more, relax and perhaps even join the boys for a drink at the bar!
Leaving office on time counts for bosses too! When leaders frequently stay late, they make employees feel like they should do the same—which sets an unhealthy precedent for work commitments. Leaving office on time shows you care about life outside of work.
Also, when bosses understand the importance of leaving on time, they’re more likely to respect their employees time as well—and give them fair warning about late meetings, sudden assignments and other tasks that could cause workers to stay late.
Remember, both bosses and employees don’t want to spend their lives being unproductive and miss out on special moments you simply can’t get at the office. Leaving work on time and still achieving your work targets show others that it is not how long you work, but how efficiently you work.