With highly competitive workplaces, long hours at work have come to be the norm, especially in India. Employees who leave early are unfairly judged to be slackers who are not serious about their work.

Unfortunately, it is tough for working women in India to stay back beyond work hours regularly as they also shoulder the responsibility of running the household and taking care of kids. This results in a conflict between their professional ambitions and personal responsibilities. The picture becomes gloomier when things like this get to have a say in deciding a promotion or an increase in remuneration.

What do you do when you know you can’t be there for 12 hours straight? Networking with your colleagues and creating a good impression on the boss are two major keys to handling such a situation.


Here are a few smart strategies to overcome the ticking clock:

Network, network: Many HR practitioners world over consider networking as an important contributor to career growth. Your contacts can help by giving you or sharing with you important information that you might not get to know owing to your early departure from the workplace. There are two important aspects to networking professionally:

a. If you want help, ask for it.
b. Be willing to offer help.

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Be proactive:  Make yourself an important member of the team by contributing your thoughts, opinions and taking initiatives. Taking initiative is often rewarded as it is considered to be an ability to act independently and take responsibility. Try to find out what he or she considers to be good performance and try to work around that.

Ask questions: Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It shows that you are thinking on the topic or about the project. It also shows that you have understood the subject. Just make sure you raise a relevant question and not just for the heck of it as it will do you insurmountable harm than any benefit.

If you share this challenge of needing to beat the clock, do read on for more tips on tackling long hours at work smartly.


Article contributed by Women’s Web

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