Learn to survive long working days.
As she's become more successful in her career, Nancy has been putting in a lot of extra hours at work.
This isn't an issue for her – she's committed and ambitious, and she's prepared to work hard to get ahead. However, she has seen the effect that long hours have had on some of her peers, and she doesn't want this to happen to her.
For instance, one of her colleagues is always tired and irritable, and he doesn't seem to enjoy his work anymore – as a result, his performance has started to decline. Another colleague has put on a lot of weight, and she's recently been taking time off sick.
In this article, we'll look at how you can avoid problems like these if you work long hours. We'll explore how you can stay healthy and still perform exceptionally well. Plus, we'll look at how you can lighten the load, where this is appropriate.
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