What portion of your day do you think you spend on productive and focused work? It’s likely just a few hours a day. Making small changes in your schedule can increase your daily output.
Sweden was one of the first countries to experiment with shorter work weeks. A (lucky) segment of the work popluation was given 30-hour work weeks. The difference in productivity was similar to those working a 38 or 40-hour workweek.
Reduced Hours Does Not Lead To Less Productivity
The founder of a New-Zealand based firm decided to give his employees an extra day off every week. For two months, Andrew Barnes allowed the staff of Perpetual Guardian to take every Friday off. The working conditions for the rest of the week remained the same as well as their salary arrangement.
The results of the employees being paid for five days of work every week when they only worked for four were astonishing:
- They achieved the same work results in 32 hours that had previously taken them 40 hours.
- Researchers discovered that the employees were more creative, punctual, attentive, and took shorter breaks than before.
In other words, job performance was the same as before and employees felt better.
Because they had an extra day to spend on personal leisure and with family, staff felt more energized when they returned to work the following week.
A Simple Change In Schedule Improved Efficiency
Researchers concluded that both productivity and efficiency had improved for the company. Employees were more efficient with their time. They stopped wasting time in meetings and were more focused on finishing essential tasks before moving onto new tasks.
How do you manage your teams? Are you investing in their enjoyment of work and their lives outside of work? You might be pleasant surprised with the effects of fewer hours spent in the office.
Sheevaun Moran is a business advisor, master coach, quantum energy thought leader and the founder of Energetic Solutions. She uses business principles with energetic techniques to help more than 25,000 entrepreneurs, CEOs and leaders bring instant focus and shifts to clarity, purpose, and profits.
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