Stop Working and Be More Productive

In the knowledge economy, where thinking and creativity are the raw materials required to generate revenue, human brains are assets and should be protected, looked after and not abused.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

An article by Margaret Heffernan for reminds us that in the last 100 years innumerable studies into productivity have arrived at the same conclusion: the quality of people's work starts to detoriate when they do more than about 40 hours per week. This can be observed in more errors and omissions - often extra hours are spent correcting just these problems.

Many service industries depend almost entirely on the intellectual capability of their employees such as financial services, legal firms and health care. However, in these sectors long hours are all too common with those staying late hailed as heroes, coping with "jet-lag" seen as normal and anyone who takes time to have lunch risks becoming somebody else's "lunch".

According to the article, business leaders should finally, and once and for all, pay head to more than a century of evidence and understand that long hours do not make us more productive, they make us clumsy, stressed and often leave problems unsolved.

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