Five days a week or 40 hours is the standard for full-time employment. Working 50 to 70 hours isn’t unheard of though. Are the extra hours worth it? The studies and real-life examples showing the relationship between working hours and productivity might surprise you.
WE’RE OVER WORKED, AND IT’S DANGEROUS TO OUR HEALTH
Too much work causes:
- 33% increased risk of stroke
- 13% increase in heart problems
- 112% increased risk in acquiring Type 2 Diabetes
- 2X double the chances of suffering from depression and anxiety problems
AND FOR WHAT?
The extra time you spend in the office isn’t always productive.
Multiple experiments show than people can only do up to five hours of concentrated, meaningful work. The rest of the time is just wasted on:
- Emails: The average employee checks his inbox 36 times an hour.
- Meetings: Employees waste 31 hours in unproductive meetings a month—time better spent elsewhere because attendees usually:
- 39% sleep
- 47% complained
- 91% daydreamed
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, ADDING A DAY OFF IS GOOD FOR COMPANIES …