I only discovered this INC article published on the Time website in which Geoffrey James discussed the diminishing returns of working more than forty hours a week for more than a few weeks. The article starts with the realization, remember this was written in early 2012, that the COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, went home at 5:30pm every day to be with her kids. It continues with some editorial but the argument in the post was that working 40 hours a week for long periods of time wasn’t going to be good for the employee or the employer.
I know plenty of people who works forty-plus hours a week. They go in on weekends, they work long hours during the day, and it’s all in the name of productivity. Some of these people have been doing it for years. There’s one guy who doesn’t feel right unless he goes in on weekends and we joke that one day he’ll come home and be surprised to find out that his kids are going off to college (he doesn’t have kids yet). The difference with many of them is that they love what they do. The forty-plus is less of a grind for them and more of a voluntary thing that they enjoy doing because, honestly, college wasn’t a 40 hour a week job. It was often 70 hours or 80 hours a week. When we made the transition to “work,” it was a step down to only do 50!
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