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.