The ongoing recession has left a lot of people fearful that they could lose their job any second, which is quite scary. As a result people are willing to work longer hours and brave worsening conditions just so they don’t end up on the dole. This isn’t good for people and it’s bad for companies too.
The best work environment is one that embraces you as a human and lets you live, as a result of being conscious that workers are people companies perform better.
It’s a heresy now (good luck convincing your boss of what I’m about to say), but every hour you work over 40 hours a week is making you less effective and productive over both the short and the long haul. And it may sound weird, but it’s true: the single easiest, fastest thing your company can do to boost its output and profits — starting right now, today — is to get everybody off the 55-hour-a-week treadmill, and back onto a 40-hour footing.
Yes, this flies in the face of everything modern management thinks it knows about work. So we need to understand more. How did we get to the 40-hour week in the first place? How did we lose it? And are there compelling bottom-line business reasons that we should bring it back?