When I started work, the general culture appeared to be if you don’t work long hours, you’re not pulling your weight. It took me over 10 years to get fed-up with the relentless pressure of 60-hours plus at work, especially when I felt I was padding out time just to be seen in the office.
Driven by purely selfish reasons of wanting to enjoy the world outside of work, I started to work less hours. Maybe I’m inherently lazy or value my personal time too much? But seeing others around me agitated, depressed and demoralised was not a path I was willing to follow.