Do you work to live or live to work? You may have to do both to be a top performer who still manages to have a personal life.
Most workers aren’t top performers, but smart choices and near-term sacrifice can put them on the road to greater salary gains, experts say. The key is an ability to think long-term: setting goals that allow you to vary how much effort you put in at work, cutting back on leisure and family time when necessary.
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There are real rewards for a company’s best workers. Top performers received average base-pay increases of 4.4% this year, compared with 2.8% for average performers, and 0.4% for the lowest performers, according to Mercer, a human-resources-services provider. Read more about growing pay gap between workers.Further, with most employers seeking to increase performance-based pay differentiation, even greater rewards could be in store for top performers.
In many industries, working long hours is expected -- for top performers and others, too. “If you choose to go to Wall Street or a law firm, work is 24-7,” said Charles Wardell, chief executive of Oak Brook, Ill.-based Witt/Kieffer, which specializes in executive searches for health-care, education and nonprofit organizations. “If you are in a culture that works 24-7, you can’t fight it.”
Even in other industries, long hours at some point can be a necessary stepping stone to top-performer status. However, with slim staff levels, many workers feel that they are already giving 100%. For those who can’t, or won’t, put in more office time, working smarter and getting noticed can help them move up the ranks and reap greater rewards, experts say. Here are strategies to get ahead while still holding onto personal goals.
To get ahead, long hours will likely be required at some point, but having a long-term perspective can help...
Full article: Earn more without giving up your whole life
Nov 15 2011 submitted by Alison Brown