Making personal sacrifices for the good of the company is a proud and time-honoured tradition. It feels good to know that your long hours and commitment have helped make your employer successful, especially when you share in the rewards.
But when your company begins to expect a sacrifice on a daily basis to the point of burnout, unreasonably invades your personal time with excessive demands and keeps you in a state of constant crisis, you are working in a ‘culture of sacrifice.’
Cultures of sacrifice see their workers as costly units of production instead of human beings. They force their employees to choose between making a living and having a life.