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Bring Back the 40 Hour Work Week

By Allison Morris

It may sound a bit radical but here are some reasons why the 40 hour work week is a good idea.

If you’re currently pursuing your MBA, chances are that you hope to one day be in a position of managing your own team within a business environment. Or, you may have a goal to open your own business at some point. But as you work toward upper level management, it’s important to take into consideration all of the qualities that go into making an effective manager. In today’s ever-increasingly cutthroat work environment, a common notion among employees and bosses alike tends to be, “he who works latest works best.” And while it seems that the 40-hour work week has been largely dispensed with in our hardworking culture, new studies show that working more very seldom produces better results. Employees work many more hours now than they have in the past, but it’s coming at the expense of health, happiness, and even productivity. While it looks good to be the first to arrive and the last to leave work each day, it turns out that putting in 60 hours of work each week may do more harm than good in achieving end results. This infographic examines some of the lesser-known statistics regarding overtime work and its effects, and through it one thing becomes extremely clear: To boost productivity and foster excellent employees, the best thing businesses can do is to bring back the 40-hour work week.

Allison blogs for onlineMBA.com at UNC

Bring Back the 40 Hour Work Week Infographic
Source: OnlineMBA.com
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