First To Blink Loses
Hand on heart, when was the last time you stayed late at work not doing something useful but rather because you didn’t want to be the first to leave?
Having worked in a culture of high demanding working hours I question the productivity of long and late days. It creates a backlog of issues leading to an unequal work/life balance. Work/Life balance means different things to different people, at different times. I don’t doubt that the majority of people will work more than required as long as they aren’t disengaged from their jobs.
The real issue is control and process. We don’t “trust” employees and we are craving certainty so we create a one fits all structure focused on false control rather than productivity (output/input). Self-Perceiving, that others might think we are lazy if we don’t match their hours isn’t helpful either. So we brag about long hour work weeks to increase our own significance at the price of health, hobbies, family & friends. And the system stays in place.
In context of your job demands I encourage you to balance what’s necessary vs. what’s FaceTime. LEAD by being the best producer of your team and hold your head high when finishing early. It’s a win-win, for your employer and you.