In previous articles, we’ve discussed hustle culture, its adverse effects, and ways to overcome it. Notice how all of these focus primarily on hustle culture’s effects on you alone. In addition to its effect on the people following it, hustle culture also impacts the workplace.
Since it’s such a widespread mindset thanks to social media, many workers subscribe to hustle culture. Many remain attracted to the success stories posted by social media influencers despite the dangers of hustle culture to one’s mental health, for example.
Even if only one among your co-workers subscribes to hustle culture, their actions can significantly affect the team. The loss of overall team efficiency, morale, and unhealthy competition are only a few examples of the effect of hustle culture in the workplace.
Curious to know more about the impacts of hustle culture in the workplace? Let’s find out together.
The Loss of Overall Team Productivity.
One of the most noticeable impacts of hustle culture in the workplace is the drop in your team’s productivity in the long run.
Additionally, hustle culture also leads to toxic productivity and productivity paranoia. Toxic productivity happens when employees sacrifice their personal life from overworking themselves. This mentality leads to managers becoming paranoid if they don’t see their employees constantly working, especially if they’re in an online setup.
Sure, in the beginning, it might seem great. You and your co-workers are accomplishing your tasks at an impressive pace and taking on new assignments like no tomorrow.
But what happens when you all reach your limits? According to research conducted by Stanford University, people’s productivity sharply drops if they work past eight hours.
And speaking of finishing your work quickly, are you sure that the quality of your team’s output is excellent? Often, followers of hustle culture focus more on accomplishing as many tasks as possible; rather than ensuring the quality of their work.
Blindly Following Hustle Culture Leads to Unhealthy Competition.
You won’t get anything done in the office without teamwork and collaboration. From publishing a marketing ad to organizing an event, you will need the help of your teammates and other co-workers from other departments to succeed.
But what would happen if you and your co-workers believe that the best way to move up the career ladder is to get as many achievements as possible? Remember, hustle culture tells its followers that you must work harder than others to achieve your career goals.
So it’s not surprising that following this mindset can cause unhealthy competition between you and your co-workers. You will constantly try to outdo one another’s achievements to gain favor from your bosses.
One department will try to outperform the other, further fueling mistrust and disunity within the company. At worst, this unhealthy competition could lead to conflicts and workplace drama between you and your co-workers.
Hustle Culture Leads to a High Employee Turnover Rate.
There are many companies today that support hustle culture. After all, it motivates their employees to work hard all the time, so work gets done quickly. What’s not to like about it?
The problem is that it quickly burns out their employees and fuels their resentment towards management. Because of this, the employee turnover rate in these companies is very high.
Thanks to the pandemic and the advent of remote work, many workers have seen how toxic hustle culture can be. Nobody wants to work under a boss that pays less and treats their employees like robots. Although there are still exceptions to this, given how difficult it is to get a job these days.
Realizing this, many companies today offer flexible or even fully remote work set-ups to their employees. This incentivizes current employees to remain with the company, while attracting new applicants.
All for One, One for All.
Despite what you may think, you’re not the only one affected by your pursuit of hustle culture. In an office setting, the actions of one employee affect the rest of the team. The ones mentioned above are just some of the significant impacts of following hustle culture in the workplace.
If you’re looking for a healthy and supportive workspace to join, Remote Staff is here to help. We ensure that our AU clients provide the right work setup for our remote contractors. Just head to our jobs list to see the various online jobs you could apply to. Good luck!