March 16, 2012 Leave a comment
I have seen three articles today drawing attention to the norms of the American workplace, the multi-tasking; the send-and-resond, send-and-respond email culture; and the working long hours. All of these articles explain why this approach is sapping people’s energy and making them less productive. The prevailing belief is that putting more time in the office shows you are more committed to your job. As these articles suggest, that is so often not the case.
Bring back the 40-hour work week (Salon)
It’s a heresy now (good luck convincing your boss of what I’m about to say), but every hour you work over 40 hours a week is making you less effective and productive over both the short and the long haul. And it may sound weird, but it’s true: the single easiest, fastest thing your company can do to boost its output and profits — starting right now, today — is to get everybody off the 55-hour-a-week treadmill, and back onto a 40-hour footing.
The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time (Harvard Business Review)
What we’ve lost, above all, are stopping points, finish lines and boundaries. Technology has blurred them beyond recognition. Wherever we go, our work follows us, on our digital devices, ever insistent and intrusive. It’s like an itch we can’t resist scratching, even though scratching invariably makes it worse.