What should managers care the most about – the number of hours that their employees put in, or the results that they produce? In North America, the emphasis seems to be on getting employees to work more hours, with the assumption being that productivity will increase. But, will it?
Well, studies show that the optimal work week is – drum roll please – 40 hours!
If you work in the area of software development, then you really need to read this post “Why Crunch Modes Doesn’t Work” from The International Game Developers Association.
And what is the impact on employees working more than 40 hours per week for an extended period? According to Business Insider stress, heart disease, hypertension, and depression, just to name a few.