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Why Working Over 40 Hours Is A Waste

March 26, 2012 by staff 

Why Working Over 40 Hours Is A Waste, Research shows that consistently working more than 40 hours a week is simply unproductive. For many in the entrepreneurship game, long hours are a badge of honor.

Starting a business is tough, so all those late nights show how determined, hard working and serious about making your business work you are, right?

Wrong. According to a handful of studies, consistently clocking over 40 hours a week just makes you unproductive (and very, very tired).

That’s bad news for most workers, who typically put in at least 55 hours a week, recently wrote Sara Robinson at Salon. Robinson’s lengthy, but fascinating, article traces the origins of the idea of the 40-hour week and it’s downfall and is well worth a read in full. But the essential nugget of wisdom from her article is that working long hours for long periods is not only useless – it’s actually harmful. She wrote:

The most essential thing to know about the 40-hour work-week is that, while it was the unions that pushed it, business leaders ultimately went along with it because their own data convinced them this was a solid, hard-nosed business decision .

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