Working Smarter, Not Harder

Hustling your way to a lack of diversity

Many corporate workplaces emphasize the hustle mentality where they push their employees to put in long hours. As they say, “Hard work pays off.”

But at what expense?

It is my belief that companies that worship the “hustle culture” will lose diversity and talent.

Working ourselves to illness

The World Health Organization found over 745,000 people died in 2016 from stroke and heart disease as a direct result of working over 55 hours a week.

That level of stress to always be “on” increases workers’ risks of having a stroke by 35% and heart disease by 17%.

And putting in long hours at work, followed by trying to balance a busy home life, leaves little time for sleep, which directly affects productivity and overall wellbeing and health – no matter your neurosignature.

What price are we willing to pay for the hustle?

High-testosterone/dopamine neurosignatures may think they are fine on no sleep because they get so much stimulation from their active dopamine and testosterone systems. But in reality, they are still damaging their ability to learn and perform and shortening their lives.

Studies have also found that women need, on average, half an hour more of sleep each day! Companies that push extreme hours may also be discouraging their female talent inadvertently.