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Varaang Ghai
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Interview Question #7 " What is the difference between hard work and smart work??" After reading all of your replies. Later, I will tell you how should we answer this question.

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According to an old saying, " Hard Work is the key to success". But that's not true in today's world. Now the value of smart work pays off. This is so because when you are doing the hard work it means that you spend lots of time to complete a given task on the other hand smart work means doing the same job but with shortcuts. Smart work saves you time and you can focus your energy on some other task too. It is the efficient way to do any work. So one needs to be smart instead of laborious.

Yash Joshi
Human Resource (HR) and Corporate Admin Expert

Hard work is the work in which a person/s put  a lot of efforts and the reward is proportionate to efforts or less than efforts. In a smart work always rewards are more than proportionate efforts. Hard work need lot of time, energy and resources. Smart work require optimum time, energy and resources

Jahnvi Singh Parihar
Communication Skills, Educational Technology & Operations Expert

There is a lot difference between hard work and smart work. As you can see from their names, you know what they mean.

I would prefer smart work as it will just require some mental exercise and less human labour. And that's what we need, because our main aim always is to reduce human efforts and smart work does the same.

Sujai Adithya
Business Development and Banking & Financial Services Expert

We can differentiate these two terms on the basis of the time consumed, effort incorporated and the output achieved. 

In hard work, we spend more time and put forth a lot of effort and we end up with a reasonable quantity of output. Whereas in smart work, the time consumed and the effort put forth are reasonably lesser to get the same amount of output as in the previous case. 

Since smart work is an intellectual process, it improves the creativity and productivity of a person. The contribution of smart work in bringing about innovation is highly significant. Working smart also saves a lot of time and hence improves our time management skills. Smart work and soft skills are closely related. Soft skills help us work smarter and working smart improves our soft skills. Smart work also keeps us on our feet as it requires our mental presence, and hence we have to stay focused on our work. On the other hand, hard work can get really boring and monotonous. It takes a lot of time and can be highly tiring.

If that's the case, why should anyone work hard at all? Hard work is emphasized by everyone despite being time consuming and tiring because it develops patience in a person and teaches him/her discipline. Hard work improves a person's knowledge and experience, which helps them in grasping the concept of working smart easily. "Hard work beats talent, if talent does not work hard," is a popular quote and is highly relevant. Smart work can become highly unreliable as a person who's used to getting more output in less amount of time with less effort can easily become lazy. And in the first place, one requires knowledge and experience to work smartly, and that can be gained only by hard work.

A person who works hard can easily be taught to work smart and that would improve the productivity of that person significantly, whereas it may not work the other way around. Therefore, hard work and smart work are equally important, and if mixed in the right way, can make a person highly efficient.