Are you working smart?

Are you working smart?

Although working hard is 'essential' in the workplace and a core part of advancing your career, there is a notable difference between working hard and working smart. If you're working hard but not working smart then your hard work could be a futile result of misdirection.

Effort is one of the staples of achieving and getting your jobs and tasks done, without putting in effort you will find that you often cannot get what you set out to achieve completed. One of the core beliefs that backs effort and hard work is that you can only reap what you sow.

Working smart while working hard will allow you to avoid misdirection while maximizing the effort that you put in by thinking before you carry out any task. Although the advantage of working smart over working hard is debated, many find that the two go hand in hand with each other.

The main point that can be drawn from the working hard vs working smart debate is that although an employee could work hard, if they don't work smart they most likely aren't being effective as they could be. An example of this would be if an employee works from 9am-5pm and does overtime but then at the end of the day that employee has done nothing correctly or made frequent mistakes, their hard work may be insignificant in comparison to someone that worked less hours but worked 'smarter'.

For enhanced productivity at work, you should consistently aim to work 'smart'. Smart and hard work goes hand in hand for optimum results in terms of efficiency and overall experience in the workplace.