Shorter working hours: good for us, good for business

Think about your average day at work. How productive are you…really? How much fully-focused project work do you get done daily? How much overtime do you clock up in a week, a month, a year?

According to an article in the Courier Mail last weekend (Price to pay for overwork, Careers, p5), Australians clock up some of the longest working hours in the developed world. And it’s affecting our stress levels and our productivity!

If you’ve ever had the joy of working undisturbed for any length of time, you’ll know that 5-6 hours productive working time is as good as it gets. Sure, we can put in 10 hour days, but are we really producing our best work or great outcomes? Apparently not – and we’re not doing ourselves (or our bosses) any favours either.

Should Australians adopt shorter working hours? Would we get more done? Would we be more productive? I’m sure we would. After all, we’d have more time to spend with friends and family, more time to exercise, and more time to chill out and regroup. Surely we’d come back the next day more refreshed – and ready to get stuck into our jobs again? 

It may also improve our mindpower

Sounds to me like shorter working hours are good for us… and good for business.



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