I'm leaving work at 5:30!By Business Chicks | Jun 04, 12 01:54 PM
If Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg can - why can't you?
I think there’s still a feeling from some, that finishing your workday on the buzzer, or say any time before 8pm is a sign of laziness and show’s you’re not committed. We who race out the door at 5:30pm have convinced ourselves that all the ‘hard workers’ still slaving away at their desks are talking about us as soon as we hop, skip and jump out that door.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is familiar with that feeling. Sandberg has openly admitted that although she’s left the office by 5:30pm since she had kids, she was embarrassed and to make up for ducking out at 5:30pm, would send emails to colleagues late at night and early in the morning as proof that she was still giving her all to work. “I was showing everyone I worked for that I worked just as hard. I was getting up earlier to make sure they saw my emails at 5:30, staying up later to make sure they saw my emails late. But now I’m much more confident in where I am and so I’m able to say, ‘Hey! I am leaving work at 5:30.’ And I say it very publicly, both internally and externally” she says.
It seems that there are still plenty of work environments that judge work ethic by the number of hours spent in the office, however you should never feel ashamed to head home before it’s dark to spend time with your family, partner or just check in with yourself. It makes sense … the happier you are in your life, the more productive you’ll be at work. It makes perfect business sense to ensure you’re out that door close to 5:30pm.
Watch the video to the right to hear Sandberg's opinion.