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Another quick lesson learned from Toggl today.

It’s Veteran’s Day. I didn’t even know. I don’t keep track of holidays.

Naturally I have the day off, because Toggl recognizes national holidays. That sucks; I want to work. So I asked out CEO if I could. There’s a mentality at Toggl where “If you have to work extra hours, either you’re inefficient or you’ve got too much work”. Personally, I don’t buy it. I think it’s perfectly fine for others to think that way. But I enjoy working extra hours on my own volition. It’s mildly entertaining to me, like reading a book. That probably makes me a workaholic.

So I just started working. I posted in a couple of slack channels some ideas to improve things. I’m eager to prove myself, just as any aspiring leader is at a new company. Then a colleague of mine gave me some feedback which I deeply appreciated.

Don’t get in the habit of working over holidays. It goes against the company culture. People might feel as though you’re ‘stealing their thunder’ or trying to establish a culture of workaholism.

I’m just like you. I like to work over my holidays too. But I keep quiet about it.

Plus, people value results more than hours worked.

If you show great results, you will be valued regardless of how much or little you work.

That’s a fair warning, and I appreciated his directness and candor.

It’s not my job to please everyone, but I should take into consideration other people’s feelings and concerns in any work scenario. And if I can mitigate others’ suffering by simply working silently on my own accord, I’ll do it. Nobody can stop me, and it certainly doesn’t harm anyone.

Don’t work too loudly.

It serves yourself and others to work silently now, and demonstrate results later.