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Longer Workdays Don’t Guarantee Productivity

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We’ve all done it…clocked hours on nights and weekends in hopes to accomplish more.  Are employees who burn the midnight oil more productive?  Recently PGi released a ranking comparing the number of hours employees clock annually, against GDP per hour worked, as an attempt to calculate global productivity.  The breakdown is charted below:

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Sometimes working long hours, especially at a small business or startup, is unavoidable.  However, rewarding working smarter versus working longer / harder is beginning to be recognized as leading to productivity.  We believe the number of hours people put in at the office is a poor measure of what they’re actually getting done.  A better solution is to focus on workers’ results, contribution and output rather than time spent at the office.