by Derek Irvine
It seems we’ve been promised shorter work days due to ever more efficient systems and technologies for decades. Yet those same technologies make it possible for us to work more easily anywhere and, therefore, longer hours.
Reigning in the work day may have less to do with the work and more do with how we perceive our responsibilities to work and the company. Regardless, Sweden seems to be trying to find the way by instituting a six-hour work day.
I shared more in my post on today on Compensation Cafe, discussing companies who have achieved the six-hour workday by eliminating busy work, reducing distractions, and making sure the most important work gets done first. (Of course, this also necessitated a discussion of TPS reports.)
Click through for a full read of the post and how we can find ways to at least make our own work days more efficient, effective and, perhaps, shorter, too.
About Derek Irvine
The VP of Client Strategy and Consulting at Globoforce, Derek Irvine is one of the world’s foremost experts on employee recognition and engagement, helping business leaders set a higher vision and ambition for their organizations. As a renowned speaker and co-author of "The Power of Thanks" and "Winning with a Culture of Recognition," he teaches companies how to use recognition to proactively manage company culture. Derek holds a B.Comm and Masters of Business Studies from the Smurfit Graduate Business School at University College Dublin.