Hey, John. I don’t remember authorizing a look into my workaholic tendencies?! Seriously, I don’t remember ever feeling a company I worked for exected more hours than the typical 40 hour week. But … relative to this topic, there are 3 inflection points in my career I would note:
(1) I loved my second job/company so much that I went from working 7 hour and 58 minute days to working 11 hour days and some weekends — voluntarily.
(2) I remember a company-sponsored development opportunity aimed at alerting me/us that burn-out was real, and we were each responsible for managing “work-life balance”. Later, I adopted the phase “work-life harmony” because balance implied 50–50, and I was operating far from that — but I was happy.
(3) Later in my career, I worked from my home office when I wasn’t traveling (which had been about 80% of the time), and since I still had trouble with the work-life boundary, my wife began managing it for me, i.e. “Harper, dinner’s ready!”
One quick travel anecdote: My wife got a call from Visa to alert her my credit card had probably been stolen. She asked why they thought so, and the reply was, “Just today, we have seen charges in Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Boulder, and Las Vegas.” To which she replied, “No, that’s him, He’s on the trip from Hell!”
Enjoying Cubicle Cultures!