In Hindsight, 5-Day Workweeks and 8-Hour Workdays Will Be Considered the Dumbest Management Practices of All Time


Research shows 4-day workweeks and 6-hour workdays can be just as productive. And result in happier employees. (Which is why the smartest companies will be the first to make the change.)

recent LinkedIn survey shows that 70 percent of people — whether employees or business owners — say their biggest cause of stress is a lack of work-life balance. A Gallup survey shows that over 40 percent of employees often feel burned out, while 25 percent always feel burned out. 

All of which is a huge problem.

But should it be a huge problem? After all, plenty of studies show that people are busy, but not productive. (Or focused. Or efficient. Or whatever word you like.)

Not because they’re lazy — far from it — but because long hours still serve as a proxy for dedication, commitment, and productivity.

Which is why, in the early days of Microsoft, Bill Gates memorized employee license plates. “I knew everyone’s license plates,” Gates said, “so I could look out in the parking lot and see when did people come in, when they were leaving.”

And that raises a key question; what matters more: Hours worked, or results?

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