Once the responsibilities and difficulties of a new management role emerge fully, some find themselves in a dilemma. Maybe you. Maybe me. Maybe the new supervisor next door.
It starts out simple enough. You work through lunch to prepare for an important meeting. Then you accept meetings over your lunch period. Then, after a day of meetings, you stay after hours to answer waiting email. Unchecked, you attempt to get a jump on the week by working on Sundays. Just a couple of hours. Just a slice of time – a slice of life – every lunch, every evening, every weekend.
Before you know it, you perceive new expectations from others about your response rate and high productivity. You begin to realize you have created a new normal—and you’re not sure you like it.
Under stress and working too many hours, people tend to gain weight because the stress hormone cortisol tells the body to store fat. Eating patterns may include sugar, caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol to ease feelings of tension, frustration, and exhaustion. Self-esteem takes a hit and eventually feelings of resentment and anger arise. It’s not easy watching everyone else pull out of the parking lot when you know you have more to do.
Tell me truthfully—is this the way you want to work? The way you want to live? Is the water warming up or is it just me?
If you relate to any of this, I urge you to stop and consider.
You can’t offer your best self to any colleague or any organization if you are tired, chubby, and grumpy. Take a step back and reassess your work patterns. If you find yourself in hot water, step out while there’s still time and make some changes that are in your own best interest. You’ll be glad you did.
About the author:
Cathy Huett is the Director of Professional Services at The Ken Blanchard Companies. This is the fifth in a series of posts specifically geared toward new and emerging leaders. To read more, be sure to check out: