People who are more efficient and disciplined can take the reins of their lives, while those who are not have to be the ones to plan and execute, a new report says.
The new report, titled People Who Work Hard: What’s Working for Us, from the consulting firm McKinsey & Co., says people who plan ahead are more likely to thrive, while people who are less disciplined are more at risk of burnout.
“There are many benefits to being proactive,” says Paul Toth, the senior vice president of McKinsey’s Productivity & Innovation Group.
“When you take action, you’re not only creating a better outcome for yourself and others, but also your team.
It’s a win-win-win for both.”
The study says that people who work hard are more productive, and those who don.
“I think that we’ve seen a huge surge in the number of people that have started a business,” says Tom Toth.
“We’ve seen more and more people who want to get into entrepreneurship and start businesses.
That’s why we wanted to look at the top 10 professions that people were looking for.”
The McKinsey report focuses on people who take a variety of activities and make use of technology to do so, like video conferencing, email, emailing and web-based communication.
“The goal of the research was to understand what drives people to do these things,” says Toth who has a background in management.
“So I wanted to know, what is it that they’re doing?
What are they passionate about?
What is their ability to handle a challenging situation?
And then, how do they achieve those goals?”
To test the impact of those factors, the McKinsey team used data from more than 1.3 million people in the U.S. and Canada to track the habits of a sample of more than 2,500 people over a four-year period.
They found that people with more than 10 years of experience were most likely to plan ahead and use technology to make decisions.
That means people with less than 10 or 12 years of practice are more apt to let their instincts take over.
People with more experience are also more likely than people with fewer years of work experience to report having a flexible work schedule, and to have more time for themselves and their family.
“People with more years of knowledge and experience are more able to plan for themselves in the workplace,” says Susan Kollins, vice president and chief technology officer for McKinsey.
“They’re more likely, and that’s why they’re more effective at planning.”
The report also shows that people that are more disciplined are less likely to burn out.
People who have taken part in a training program are less inclined to take on new responsibilities, and they are less susceptible to burnout, says Tith.
“These people are much more likely [to] be able to make it through the day without needing to look after themselves,” he says.
For the most part, people who have a flexible schedule, have access to personal computers, are able to use their smartphone or laptop as often as they want and are in regular communication with their colleagues.
People that are less productive are more prone to burn-out, and their health is also affected by burn-outs.
In addition to these health and productivity benefits, the study also finds that people in a disciplined, risk-taking job have a higher life satisfaction and are less prone to depression.
“For a lot of people, having a good job is a pretty good thing,” says Kollin.
“It gives them the confidence that they can be successful.”