Many companies pride themselves on their “Work Hard, Play Hard” attitude. But as I look around, all I seem to see is the “hard work” bit. The economic downturn has resulted in many companies and individuals having to work a lot harder just to achieve the same profits as last year. And for some companies, being first to arrive to work and last to leave is worn as a badge of honour.
But maybe the answer to improved productivity isn’t simply putting in more hours. In this article, Margaret Heffernan suggests that the key to greater productivity is not to work harder, but rather to change the way we work.