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Time you did.

Want to increase productivity in these difficult and trying times?

Ok. Consider reducing your employees’ working week.

Cue immediate reaction from unimaginative leaders. “Eh, Frank, where you’ve got ‘reducing’ in that sentence, we think you meant ‘increasing’ “.

No… I really did mean reducing.

You see, productivity isn’t about the number of hours your people work. It’s about their output. And their output is all about how alert and motivated they are. Now if they’re working all the hours they can (and some of them, afraid of losing their jobs… will be working long, long hours) then they haven’t the time to exercise, sleep, be with their families and get on with all the other stuff life demands of them. This is demotivating. What’s more, they’re too tired to be properly focused on their work.

So, what does reducing their hours provide?


Time to recharge their batteries. Time for their families. Time to keep fit and healthy. Time to sleep properly. Time for themselves.

All of which means they’re happier. And their happiness means they’ll be maximizing their output in the fewer hours they spend with you.

Further reaction from unimaginative leaders: “Errrr… we didn’t think of that.”

Time you did. Time you did.


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