In our last Big Survey, you told us that you work long hours: 63 percent of you said you work 46 hours or more a week on average. Anymore, in this lucky-to-have-a-job world, that's not only common but the norm. Anymore, in this work-all-day, work-all-evening world, the 40-hour work week has become as elusive as the eight-hour night of sleep. Anymore, in this 50-hour-work-week world, who's got time to sleep?
But there's something we've all been forgetting (I know I have): that research has shown for more than a century that the human animal just isn't up to working more than 40 hours a week — productively, anyway.
What jogged my memory was a fantastic article on salon.com: "Bring back the 40-hour work week."
Read it and report back here whether your thoughts have changed about how hard and long you work (or how hard and long you expect your employees to work). What can you do to pare down to 40 hours, with a weekend off to spend with the family? Is the research just a lot of bunk? Or will your business actually improve as a result?