Heading to the office on a Saturday is a culturally accepted sign that someone is a hard worker. That person is so busy and dedicated, he or she will give up free time to go to work.
I posit that it’s the opposite. People who head to work on the weekend are lazy.
I will offer the requisite “this doesn’t apply to everyone” line here. Some people really do have that much work to do. But if you have to work weekends on any kind of routine basis, either you’re lazy or your manager is. Maybe you didn’t focus enough throughout the week and now here you are, putting in hours on a Saturday to get your project done. Maybe your manager didn’t communicate effectively with the client—didn’t adequately understand the issue before offering a timeline, or didn’t push back on unreasonable expectations—and now your whole team is rushing to meet a deadline.
Working on the weekend is 98% avoidable, if you’re dedicated to putting in the effort. That’s how we do it at 12 Spokes. Monday through Friday, we work, focus and prepare, so that we can all enjoy the pleasure of two well-earned days off.
Those people you see at the park with their dogs or their kids on a Sunday? Those are the hardest workers.