This is a hypothetical from a team manager perspective.
Assume that I have been leading a team of 20 people in a fairly big company. The work-life balance is very much respected by everyone and therefore there are no expectations that one should work after hours or weekends unless asked (and of course compensated).
Now assume that there is senior employee who's been working 10+ hour days and probably weekends for months but only for his own personal reasons (no idea tbh - probably not too much personal life going on). How should I react?
Frankly, I am under the impression that such thing should be discouraged. Their output is going to be much bigger that other employees' and that may
- make them feel that they need extra praise which imo they shouldn't get, which would in turn probably lead to dissatisfaction
- might make the other employees feel less productive and discourage them or even
- make other employees feel that they need to work more and compromise their personal life
What do you think?
EDIT: To clear this up, this person works for 10+ hours (under a 40hr/week contract) on a daily basis and probably weekends too without either being asked to do it or expecting compensation for the extra hours.