What is the difference between hard work and smart work?
We all know that companies want a hard worker, in fact, for some interviewers thats the only thing that matters. However, did you know that according to a research study, intelligence is linked to laziness? Yup, that right, intelligent people are more likely to be lazy. So does that mean that we will never get a job, no, of course not, because instead of hard work, we rely on smart work.
These days the perception is changing. While people and even companies use to put emphasis on hard work, they are now recognizing the importance of smart work. In fact, some progressive companies have now started respecting smart work over the traditional hard work; which is why, some interviewers may ask you to differentiate between hard work and smart work.
In asking this question, the interviewer wants to see whether you are a hard worker or a smart worker, or are you perhaps neither. So, you need to prove to the interviewer that you are in fact both, a hard worker and a smart worker depending on what the situation calls for. So, what is the actual difference between hard work and smart work and how should you answer this question.
Everyone knows what hard work is, even if we don’t do it. Hard works means to dedicatedly work on a task without any distractions. It doesn’t matter how long it takes, or how hard the task it, the end goal is to complete the task. A hard worker will work the whole day from morning to night if he has to, and even all through the night to accomplish his task.
Smart work, on the other hand, does not mean that you don’t work hard. It means that you work hard while also being smart about it. It means to think in different and innovative ways, to come up with solutions to get that same task completed faster and more efficiently.
Smart work is more beneficial in the long run because it improves efficiency and productivity, reduces costs and wastage, increases knowledge and replaces outdated practices. The end result of smart work is innovation; it is how things improve and grow.
So, you need to answer the question in such a manner as to show that you are a hard worker, but also that you value smart work and that you try to incorporate it as much as possible in your work ethic. A company values a hard worker, but what they need and want are smart workers, because they are the ones who will help the company grow. So, you need to show that you will be one of the innovators, and not just another employee.
Example of how to answer the question:
Bill Gates once said that “I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” In my opinion, smart work is not being lazy but rather being able to find an easier way to do the job. A hard worker will dedicatedly work on a task in the manner that he has been taught for however long it takes. A smart worker in the same position will also work hard but will find an innovative way to get that task done faster and more efficiently, thus boosting productivity and perhaps even reducing cost.