Eating while working, constantly checking your emails, working at home after office, and during family time, is all indicative of a culture of constant hustling. Hustle culture is not taking any breaks, having reduced sleep, and neglecting your life to work harder, faster, stronger, all the time. Data shows that working longer hours and multitasking lowers productivity and kills creativity. Unfortunately, the hustle culture is still ingrained by organizations to justify a future time of success. Overworking and the ‘rise and grind’ mantra is toxifying our workforce, and we need to be better at eliminating it. Here are a few reasons why hustle culture is actually bad for your work.
Burnout, as a part of workplace stress, is often overlooked as ‘laziness’ or viewed as making ‘excuses’. Burnout is a psychological effect our brain goes through due to overworking or extra work stress. It not only severely affects our work quality but also plays a huge role in depreciating our mental health. The pandemic saw a lot of people getting burnt out working at home for longer hours, having no demarcations of working hours, and with the added stress of the coronavirus. Burnout became a prominent factor of contention during the pandemic, and companies must deal with their employees in a way that doesn't perpetuate this unhealthy and toxic trend. The hustle culture, even before the pandemic, perpetuated the severe effects of burnout. In this day and age of constant competition, the hustle culture is commonly advocating for burnout, and it must stop.
As a result of working incessantly, having no boundaries between work and life, and giving one’s all to one’s work can have drastic effects on a person’s ability to work itself. Work fatigue and overload only tend to block one’s ability to be productive accurately. With work stress, people end up focusing on the stress more which leads to a constant disengagement with the work itself, resulting in way less efficient productivity. The hustle culture has nullified what it was first started for - efficient productivity. There is a clear positive association between wellbeing and productivity. If employees are calm and less stressed, they can have improved productivity.
Low Levels of Employee Wellbeing
The ‘go hard or go home mindset in the hustle culture is one set in stone in a lot of organizations, especially up and coming start-ups. This can result in severe levels of psychological distress and this prolonged hustle culture can result in detrimental effects to both the mental and physical wellbeing of an employee. Employee wellbeing has never been an organizations’ priority and it can be seen through the advocacy of the obsession of the hustle culture. Low-level organizations' well-being affects an organization's productivity and success. If an organization cannot keep their employees happy and well, it will never be successful. Employees must achieve personal satisfaction before being dumped with more workload. The hustle culture is hampering organizational productivity by putting their employees’ well-being on the line. Let’s advocate against it and put our well beings first!
The hustle culture is predominantly built on the rules of multitasking and constantly working without any breaks. Creativity is a human mind’s prerogative in the most interesting climates where one’s mind can observe and enjoy. If there is no time off from work, where will the inspiration for work come from? Creativity requires mental stimulation and it can’t reach a person’s brain if it’s burdened with constant work that already lacks creativity. Exertion at more than a hundred percent capacity will only create toxicity and leave no space for creativity. If somebody is stuck in the cycle of hustle culture long enough, they may not know how to be creative again because it can create a lack of creative thinking so quickly.
The cognitive dissonance of the hustle culture writes itself as the villain of workplace success. Therefore, let’s not perpetuate this low standard of working in our organizations anymore by promoting the hustle culture any further. Let’s create organizations that care about success in their employees’ well-being and consequent productivity. Let’s bring in more positive change so that work is not synonymous with stress and so that work is known to be fun!