People who fake working hard can actually be as productive as those nose-to-the-grindwheel types. But its an art.
The thing is, keeping up appearances at work, as long as you still get the job done, works. It is an effective strategy that allows people to ‘manage’ themselves, and though they might neglect some of their workload appearance can count more than output (so the researchers say).
Read this article by Oliver Burkeman.
I often hear complaints from people with demanding jobs that they are inundated with email it can become unmanageable. Thats because they don’t manage it, the problem is not email, it is that we allow it to assume such importance.
Employers are often to blame, but we are complicit in many of our habits.
Studies increasingly show the benefits of integrating simple mindfulness ideas into working routines, but people are still unclear about how that can be done. This study has also shown that being in a happy and welcoming atmosphere is the most important aspect in peoples’ lives, with 40% of them saying that their work environment is more significant than financial benefits such as pay and a pensions.