Is it possible to be too productive?

The short answer is “Yes.” The consequences of overproductivity can be as serious in white collar work as it is in lean manufacturing.

If that surprises you, consider what it means to exceed expectations and not just by doing more than what is expected, but overproducing to such an extent that you sometimes run out of work and feel guilty if you stop to take a breath.

Laura Stack, a productivity professionals, calls overproductivity a “deadly sin.”

Why would someone who’s written more books on productivity than practically anyone and who regularly speaks at conferences about improving productivity warn about being too productive? Because overproductivity on a sustained basis leads to a poor or non-existent work/life balance, it takes a toll on your body to always be running, managers ding you should you ever perform at “normal” speed and burnout forever looms.

“Too much work,” writes Stack, “Can damage your health in many ways, from cardiovascular disability to too little sleep, a poor diet, dehydration, and more .”

If that isn’t enough, your co-workers will come to resent you, since they’ll be pushed by the boss to perform at your pace. When you need their help on some task how likely do you suppose they’ll be to come to your aid?

“Like a nova that briefly outshines, if you overproduce too long, you may burn out, whereupon you’re useless, not just to yourself but to everyone. And in the modern business environment, an underperforming asset, even a human one, is unlikely to last long,” says Stack.

The point of this post isn’t to dissuade anyone from working hard and being productive. Instead, learn to pace yourself so you can perform well, sustain quality and be as productive next week, next month and next year as you are today.

Image by mohamed Hassan


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#WeAreGreenKey: Spotlight on Clare Wright

Welcome to #WeAreGreenKey, where we shine a spotlight on the incredible people behind our powerhouse recruiting team.

Clare Wright graduated with a business degree in 2009 and joined Green Key shortly thereafter. She is now an Executive Director of Recruitment at Green Key Professional Support

We asked Wright to talk us through her recruiting journey, working at Green Key, and the administrative job search.

What inspired you to pursue a career in recruitment?

I fell in to recruiting, like many others. After graduating with a business degree in the UK in 2009, I came to the USA to intern and found an internship with Green Key. 12 years, 2 kids, one dog, several apartments, and one house later, I’m an Executive Director of the Professional Support team handling permanent and temporary placements in NYC.

What sets Green Key apart from other recruiting firms?

We’re a team. There are so many ups and downs in recruiting but having a strong team to support each other and lift each other up is so important!

"We're a team. There are so many ups and downs in recruiting but having a strong team to support each other and lift each other up is so important!"  -Clare Wright
Executive Director,
Green Key Professional Support

Where has Green Key Professional Support provided service that is hard to match in an internal hiring team?

We can provide an alternate perspective and sometimes suggest a different profile that might seem like the right fit on paper but ends up being a great match for the position given our extensive screening process!

What are the next steps for candidates interested in expanding their administrative job search?

Connect with me directly or visit www.greenkeyllc.com/area/professional-support to fill out a candidate contact form. We also have several open positions on the Green Key jobs board

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