I work for some serious workaholics. It's 10:48 pm and I just received an email from a co-worker (from her work email address) reminding me about some stuff we are working on together tomorrow.
She is not kidding.
My department works until 8pm sometimes 9pm. Not because we are saddled with so much work, oh no. Because they love to be in the office working. On what? Who knows?
I guess I kinda do...
You see, they are the types that work for that day. I like to work for the day ahead of me.
Tomorrow I have an event; its an exclusive event with catering, passed cocktails, super-expensive gift bag, and private dinner. Let's just say that I could have the event tonight because all is set and ready to go. I like to leave tomorrow open for any last minute details that arise or any emergent unforeseen tasks.
My goody bags are complete. My catering invoice checks are ready. The private dinner restaurant is a go.
My co-workers think I am odd for having it all done so fast.
And the fact that I didn't ask for anyone's help while doing so, is CRAZY.
They would have worked the event, like so: invoice checks cut tomorrow, goody bags assembled tomorrow, walk through at private dinner restaurant - tomorrow. Because? The event is tomorrow.
Is this making sense?
They work for the day that we are in.
Therefore they are always working past 6pm. Not me. I kick it one time at 5:59 on the dot. No joke. They like to wave their hand at me and go, "Tomorrow. We can do it tomorrow."
Why not today?
Especially when that tomorrow is a Saturday or when that tomorrow is tomorrow and I know we have tons of other events to start working on.
I have a system and it entails leaving the office at six. I like dinner, I like my apartment, and I especially like prime time television (no DVR here)
My mom warned me that it may look like I am not a team player if I don't start acting like the rest of them. True...
but here's a kicker: I'm already getting high remarks from the VP and all my work is complete and stellar (says my Boss) and I get there at 8AM. They get in at 9AM.
Technically I'm already working an hour late each day, so it's okay...right?
Or do I need to play the game and stay until the last one leaves?