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Breaking Free From the Toxicity of “Hustle Culture”

Some people live to work and some people work to live. More and more, we are seeing employees set boundaries in the workplace to protect their mental health and overall, what is right for them.

What is hustle culture?

Hustle culture is the act of continuing working with only a short time of rest. The encouragement of working above the hours you are being paid for leads people to believe they will become much more successful and noticable to their superiors than those who don’t partake in this behavior.

According to a 2021 survey published by the ADP Research Institute, 1 in 10 employees surveyed across 17 countries have said that they’ve been putting in more than 20 hours of free work per week, while workers on average are logging 9.2 hours of unpaid overtime weekly, compared to 7.3 hours in 2020.

The rise of Gen Z staff members

Generation Z (people born between 1997 and 2012) already make up 13% of the workforce. The effects of the upcoming generation have already shifted the way companies perform. Gen Z employees have done an incredible job at setting boundaries and being aware of trying not to overwork themselves. For example, only working between the hours they are expected. Another trend we are seeing with Gen Z employees is the use of PTO. Paid time off is offered for a reason. Why would we not utilize this valuable resource?

Gen Z employees have encouraged their peers to be happy with working. You don’t have to partake in hustle culture to be “successful” or fulfilled. A job can just be a job and that is okay.

Resting IS Productive

A little R&R (rest and relaxation) never hurt anyone. Seriously, getting rest has proven to be beneficial for better mental health, increased concentration, a lower stress level, among other benefits. Getting a full night’s sleep is a crucial piece of this puzzle. Adults, 18+, should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep, according to the CDC. Some helpful tips to catch those Z’s include:

  • Avoiding caffeine in the afternoon and/or evening

  • Avoiding napping throughout the day

  • Having and utilizing a steady sleep schedule, even on the weekends

  • Exercising 3-4 times a week

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