For most people, clocking out is not truly clocking out. In fact, all they are really doing is docking their own pay. Too many people are not getting paid for the work that they do after they have clocked out. In fact, you probably have done this at some point in your career. The questions for you is this … Why?
Unfortunately, we have been trained to believe that we have to do more, more, more. If we don’t produce more, we won’t have a job to go back to next week. Bad management has figured this out, and they leverage it against us. Our fear of not being able to provide for our family, our future, has driven us to do whatever we think is necessary to keep our employers satisfied with us.
But, it is time to do something different. When you leave for the day, you should be done with work. The stress that is involved with your job should be left at work. Too many people suffer from damaged relationships and sleepless nights because they are too involved with work. So today, we are going to give you three tips that should help you get away from this bad practice.
Tip # 1: Leave On Time
So, this should go without saying, but it needs to be said. When it is time to go, clock out. Don’t spend “just five more minutes” on that project. Save the project, close it down, shut down your computer, and clock out. It will still be there tomorrow.
It is amazing how “just five more minutes” turns into an extra hour, a cold dinner, or an all-nighter. This is not what you signed up for, and you shouldn’t be doing it. It is not good for your productivity, your health, your family, or your marriage. So, if you are supposed to leave at 5 p.m., leave at 5 p.m.
Tip # 2: Do Not Check In Later
According to KO Coaching, do not pull up your company email and see what new email has come in. It will be there tomorrow, just like you. This is your time off, so spend it with your family. We don’t have the promise that tomorrow will be here, so why waste it worrying about work. The reason you work is to provide for your family and your future. But, don’t work while you are with them. Do not go back and check on anything from work, until you are on the clock.
Tip # 3: Show Up On Time
And finally, make sure that you show up on time. Too many employees find themselves rushed because they aren’t showing up when they should be. Too often, employees that show up late, tend to work past their standard time to leave because they feel they have to make up the difference. Don’t be like this. If you do show up late, own up to it and work. But, leave on time as discussed earlier.
Good employers will not let you go because you leave on time. In fact, you probably signed an agreement of some type that stated your work expectations and hours. Legally, they probably can’t let you go if you leave on time.
So, stop taking work home with you. When you clock out, clock out. Don’t go back and check on anything. Enjoy the time with your family and friends. Get a good night’s rest and wake up refreshed and ready for the next day. Show up on time and do an excellent job. This is how you turn a job, into a satisfying career.