If you are employed or ever been employed and attended a team meeting; I bet you have heard following words from your boss –
“Work Smarter, Not Harder!”
Probably, some of you have told the same to your juniors in team meetings. The simplest way to interpret this message (correct me if I’m wrong) is “To get your work done in very efficient manner, much before deadlines, meeting all expectations, and avoiding unnecessary work”.
However, there is something wrong with being a smart worker. It leaves you with some free time! You may say, “Come on, that’s a good thing! Who doesn’t want free time?”. Mind well, this free time can hinder your growth in your organization and create bad impression in the minds of the people who matter – your boss.
The last thing any typical boss wants to see is his junior enjoying free time. Quickly the boss will think that the work he/she allotted to you was not enough OR you were simply being lousy. You’ll either be allotted more work or given average grades in appriasals and the bad word will spread in the organization in the group of managers.
Now, obviously you’d want to balance the hard and smart work. But when you work harder & smarter and finish your work just in time, your boss will want to ‘challenge’ you and give you more work; then, you will work even harder and smarter and then the cycle will repeat and then one day you…
It happened with a guy who worked smarter and not harder. He recommends people to work harder and supports his recommendations with Dilber Strip –
–The Big K–