The Relationship Between Working Hours And Productivity

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The Relationship Between Working Hours And Productivity
The Relationship Between Working Hours And Productivity
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Kumar Sunil

Kumar Sunil

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Creative. One word says it all for Sunil. A engineer, an enthusiastic and conscientious Information Technology consultant by profession, Sunil shares a special interest with entrepreneurship and lifestyle.

When many nations are adopting reduced or flexible working hours policies, there are some, who are still using traditional methods like 6 days a week.

According to many successful entrepreneurs, “the worst thing an entrepreneur can do to damage his business is, an increase in business hours.” Experts believe that there are innumerable misconceptions about increased working hours and profits. But, in reality, making employees work more than 40 hours a week means intentionally harming their productivity and killing their creativity. Let us understand that hidden relationship between working hours and productivity.

Increased working hours and decreased productivity are interrelated.

Recent studies show that the companies with fewer working hours have employees with less stress and excellent productivity. According to many medical, psychological, economic, and financial studies, asking your quality workers to work more than 8 hours or more is a reason behind their distress.

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Many employers believe this is none of their business, but what they don’t realize is, this distress is deteriorating their performance and one day, this stress will take them to a point where they experience burnout.

“How are you supposed to achieve quality and quantity at the same time? It is nothing, but a myth.”

After spending 12 years in the industry, I have learned that quality people with excellent experience are more interested in working for lesser hours at same pay than higher hours for more pay. And, if your business hours are more than the usual, you cannot expect a quality worker to join you.

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I know, the most employers will contradict me at this point. “We would hire less experienced, but cheaper resources.” Okay! But, then I would like to ask, “how on the earth they will be able to extraordinary things with ordinary people.” Hiring less competent and cheaper staff mean damaging your profits. Am I right? Don’t get me wrong, but productivity and working hours are directly related.

When we do not feel fit, the natural tendency is to postpone the things. When you know that you have to work for one additional day, you will lose your interest for the day after that day and in some cases, for the next few days.

At this stage, do you think a distracted employee will bring any luck to business? Even if you allow him to postpone certain thing for some time, but that is not going to bring any major change in productivity and profitability. Postponing things is a mood management technique, but the effect is short-lived, just like the effect of drugs. Practically, the mood we have is intimately linked to everything we do, and not just productivity.

To stay motivated we all need to feel something. Having a rational purpose in mind or believing that we want something is not enough. Personally, I won’t do something that is not motivating me.

So, we have to make employees feel something because happiness increases productivity and eventually, profits.

It is happening in every industry now. A research conducted on doctors showed that those who had a good mood were three times smarter and more creative than doctors with a neutral state and nearly 19 percent faster than the others. Salespeople with an optimistic mood are more productive than those with a pessimistic mood.

The classic program of increased working hours like working 6 days’ a week is becoming a long-standing subject. More and more companies are understanding the importance of flexible schedule and lesser business days. Trust me, if you are forcing your employees to work for longer hours you cannot expect productivity that can translate into billions of dollars.

Moreover, frustrated employees have a tendency to act impulsively, which often bring bad reputation to business.

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