Working Too Much? Go Home Already!

Pamela Selle Wonders Why So Many People Stay Late at Work Even After Their Work is Done

When Your Work Is Done, Get Out of There

Pamela Selle wants you to go the heck (we softened up her original language) home. Seriously. If it is 6 p.m. or if you are done with your projects for the day or your brain is just burned out from the last eight hours of staring at a monitor, Selle says, just get out of the office. It's tough to be the first one to leave the office for fear it makes you look bad, but going home when your work is done does have benefits. It's better for your productivity, it's better for your employer, and it is most assuredly better for you. 

In February, Philadelphia software engineer Selle delivered this message in a 5-minute presentation at a gathering of about 300 local business people. But since then, her exhortations have reached a much wider audience. On March 29, popular website Lifehacker featured a video of her talk on its home page; since then, it has been viewed 60,000 times on YouTube. 

I tracked down the newly minted hero of the overworked (OK, I tweeted her) and Selle graciously agreed to answer a few questions about her own approach to work, her sudden online fame, and what she likes to do after she goes the heck home.