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We are all told that commitment, dedication and good performance are only part of the formula for being a valuable asset to the company. We must always "go the extra mile".
I consider myself an excellent performer and have often been awarded for being an outstanding employee. I am young and quite early in my career, but have noticed that "going the extra mile" has, in different ways, affected my general well-being - including some recurring health issues and new health issues from time to time.
I tried becoming "smarter" about how I work, working less and delegating more, leaving work on time; but I feel that puts me back in terms of performance. The managers chat and make decisions informally after hours. I would not even have time for networking.
I am not sure whether others have been in my situation, but right now I feel that "going the extra mile" - in the long run - is hurting me very badly.
I don't even know if some of the health conditions I have developed will ever be reversible.
So, do you think it is possible - and how - to be a great outstanding employee and performer without negatively affecting my general well-being? To climb in the corporate career ladder without making trade-offs with health?