Running for the top performance, career advancement, and the best possible salary, we spend days and nights in the workplace. Workaholism is especially inherent to Americans in their individualist and capitalist society, while most Europeans still stay immune to such a lifestyle. All of us get an advantage for working longer, but it is actually the same as working fewer hours but being more productive. But what about working rough 70 hours per week with the best productivity? We must admit it is impossible.
Statistics says that about a half of US workers routinely spend more than 50 hours per week in their workplace. Many of them do that even without a payment for an extra job done. Some people consider it favorable or honorable to work more than they should, which is, in fact, more damaging than beneficial. First, the person working more 10 hours a day does not sleep enough and eat properly. They do with a couple of hours of night sleep, a lot of coffee, and fatty snacks from the nearest cafeteria. Second, people who work so much do not have time to relax or get any quality rest. They store their distress and fall ill over the time. Sooner or later, a workaholic becomes dysfunctional, and cannot work even 40 hours per week.
The only case in which working extra hours increases productivity is an emergency. When the deadline is suddenly over or there is any unpredictable threat to business, someone has to solve out these difficulties. But such cases cannot happen on the regular basis.