Our reader poll today asks: What’s your view of working on weekends?
- I forbid it and just won’t do it 5.55%
- I’ll only do it if it’s an emergency 56.20%
- I’ll do it if I don’t have any personal plans 23.26%
- I like doing it because it’s quiet and I can focus 14.99%
Setting boundaries. More than 60% of respondents say they won’t work on a weekend unless it’s an extreme situation (or at all, for that matter). A small group of you enjoy the weekend work time because of the quiet and ability to focus. For that group, just be sure you’re getting some of that time back during the week however that might be appropriate (compensatory time, half days, work from home, etc.). For the 23% who do it if you don’t have personal plans, beware of that slippery slope. Work could become your default and your life might slip into not making personal plans because you’re expecting to work. Balance takes effort. Be clear on your boundaries and understand when you’re violating them (or someone else is asking to violate them). Your wellbeing should come first.
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These results were originally a SmartPulse poll in SmartBrief on Leadership which tracks feedback from more than 240,000 business leaders. Get smarter on leadership and sign up for the SmartBrief on Leadership e-newsletter.