Posted September 6, 2022 by Mark Perna
Episode Title: The Young Workaholics
Are companies contributing to the workaholic mindset of many younger employees? Let’s talk about it, next on The Perna Syndicate.
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Hello and welcome to The Perna Syndicate! Younger workers are particularly susceptible to the workaholic mindset. Why? In many cases, it’s because we start them young.
Workaholism and perfectionism often go hand in hand. The pressure to be a top performer in school, to get the grades, the prestige, the applause—all of this is driving many students to overwork themselves.
Then, that get-it-done-at-any-cost mindset naturally translates to the workplace. Companies may even expect young workers to prove themselves by picking up all the slack, all the time.
Sadly, all of this can have dangerous consequences. Burnout and mental health challenges are on the rise among younger workers. If employers want to create a sustainable workplace culture, it starts with supporting healthy boundaries for every employee.
I tell my team all the time: family first. And while they take me up on that, it doesn’t mean they get less work done. On the contrary, they actually accomplish more.
Smart organizations won’t create young workaholics by pressuring these workers to stay late every night. They’ll support them in creating the right balance of work and life, because that’s the secret of a happy and productive team.
Tomorrow, what do your 5 to 9 hours have to do with your 9 to 5? It all depends on how you use that time. Stay tuned and we’ll see you tomorrow on the next episode of The Perna Syndicate!