Today’s always on work environment overlooks research showing that the secret to productivity growth overlooks research that shows that the secret to productivity growth is finding time to work less not more.
As technology and globalization continue to escalate the pace of work, it’s easy to feel like everything was due yesterday and that the best way to prepare for tomorrow is to put in longer hours today. It seems like a straightforward equation: If you’re behind where you want to be, increase productivity by putting in more hours until you catch up.
The problem is, every additional hour of work doesn’t result in one additional hour of productivity. In fact, working too many hours actually makes people less productive overall. So not only doesn’t overwork result in additional productivity, it often reduces productivity. Without enough time to recover from work, employees become more and more tired and stressed, and the resulting lack of focus reduces productivity, often leading to mistakes, accidents, illness and difficulty interacting effectively with others. See article