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Last week, Google VP Marissa Mayer said that she didn’t believe in burnout — after all, Winston Churchill and Albert Einstein spent long hours on the job and never suffered from burnout.Today in an interview with BuzzFeed, she offered five tips for young women — or anybody else who views her as a role model — on how to stay happy at work.
- Work with smart people.
- Push yourself to do something you’re not quite ready for.
- Find a place where you’re comfortable enough to share your true opinions.
- Work for somebody who invests in your success by giving you responsibility, sending you to seminars, and so on.
- Take time to do other things you love.
On that final point, she insisted it’s not long hours themselves that cause burnout. It’s when those long hours get in the way of other things you really want to do. That causes resentment. As she put it:
It’s when people say, “I worked so hard this week, and I couldn’t even get this thing I wanted. I wanted to go to a movie. I wanted to go on vacation. I wanted to be there for my kids.” Sometimes people say, “I worked so hard this week, I didn’t even get eight hours of sleep.” For some people, what really matters to them is sleep.
So what matters to Mayer?
Travel. Every four to six months, she leaves for one week and travels.
If she has to push beyond six months, or has to cancel a vacation she was really excited about, that’s when she starts to get resentful.
Apparently there’s no danger of that. In the interview, she said she’d stick around Google as long as the company keeps pushing the boundaries of search and information organisation.