Why respecting rest is the key to improving productivity (and companies will have to accept it)

The so-called hustle culture, that is, the homage to excessive work, has become the favorite candy of streaming platforms, which have found a gold mine in the ode to workaholism, taking advantage of the fact that the work wear It is the end of the moment. From The Dropout (Disney+), where the pretty girl from silicon valley elizabeth holmesdoes not hesitate to put aside his personal life for the sake of a failed business project who duped great fortunes, until Separation (Apple TV+), whose characters undergo an intervention to separate work and leisure from their mindstelevision reminds us of the troubles of the cult of work.

Promotional image of the series WeCrashed (Apple TV +) / DR

So, despite knowing its consequences, why the hell do we continue overworking? Can the headspace mentality beat the job material of Elon Musk? «As we love that people think that we are going to be a fable, we work more For try increase our income. Social pressure must also be taken into account: if everyone in a company works extra hours, it is hard to break the pattern. A practical solution is to have a specific calendar for work.

It sounds trivial, but one of the reasons people have a hard time saying no is because can’t find a powerful excuse. Say “as you can see on my calendar, I have a lot of work» is a better answer than «I’m very busy»… isn’t it? Rick Pastorauthor of The grip method (Roca Editorial), the book of job self-help best seller in recent years throughout Europe. The emerging concept optimal busyness speaks of the period in which we reach the maximum performancea temporary parenthesis of productive excellence that makes us feel professionals, efficient and owners of our time.

The Grip Method, by Rick Pastor.

The problem is that, by trying to stretch out this fragile period of limited duration, we end up overworking. Pastoro believes that the key to mastering our working lives lies precisely in control the timecreating a series of routines and systems to go reviewing and modifying. «This way we will be aware of what extras we need, where to press the accelerator and when to brake. I don’t think there is an optimum level to be maintained. In some moments we are able to do everything, but in others we dedicate ourselves to recharging ourselves, so it is up to us to know ourselves and to know at what point are we», he assures.

Alexander Cencerradoauthor of In defense of unhappiness (Destiny), believes that we have overlooked that the ability to concentrate is limited. “The countries in which less hours you work are the most productivebut many people here are afraid to go out on time because afraid of what they will say, something that affects anxiety, which is favored by excessive working hours. But not only the worker has to change things: it is vital that bosses change their mindset and learn that spending more hours in the office does not mean work more. We live in a society in which mistrust in the workplace is our enemy».

Frame of Succession (HBO+) / DR

But companies have already been launched to defend the worker welfarer, according to Nuria Taulats, Talent & Development EMEA at Deutsche Bank Spain. «For any employee to be productive in a sustained manner over time, it is necessary that, in addition to a healthy work environmentbe true welfare at all levels, and there needs to be a balance between all of them. Rest and free time are essential for physical, mental and social well-being. An employee who takes care of himself and cares about being well will be able to offer the best version of himself at work, thus optimizing his productivity », she assures.

That is why companies are learning to appreciate not only the result of the work, but also to the workers who care about rest. Faced with the culture of overtime, more and more people are claim their free time and an identity beyond that linked to the world of work. From activating a auto reply on whatsapp outside working hours to the point of being proud of considering the trade as little more than the formula for paying the rent, little by little new forms of abandon the cult of overwork.

“The American influence has made us think that our value it depends on our work, something that we have internalized by the belief in meritocracy. However, we have realized that life has too many uncertainties enough to think that everything depends on our effort”, he assures Alexander Cencerradowhich considers it necessary for companies to value their employees beyond their ability to produce.

“Thinking that we are productive for our organizations can make us feel good about our jobs; however, there is a fine line that separates the feeling of feel useful and feel used. That is the big problem in our companies. This subtle difference is the great key to the well-being of the working population », he explains in his book.

The key to reaching labor welfare and the desired optimal occupation lies, contrary to what it might seem, in adopting a mentality that defends out of office. when we are able to to ignore until Monday at nine in the morning emails sent at the wrong timewe will be closer to knowing the true secret of productivity: learning to rest.

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