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Longer Workdays Don’t Guarantee Productivity


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:


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.