In this age of fierce cut-throat competition among organizations, the demand for methods to increase the productivity of the employees is rising. Though many companies look toward incentives and employee facilities to make the employees engaged, the thought of reducing working hours to attain productivity is a topic that has been doing rounds for quite some time in the minds of researchers and think-tanks.
While most organizations have a maximum work time of 48 hours a week per employee, it’s often seen that people tend to work more than that. In facta study by The International Labor Organization says that a whopping 22 percent of the total workforce surveyed through Employee Hours Tracker work more than the legally accepted working hours in the organizations. In India the figures are even worse with more than 50 percent of people working more than the accepted working hours leading to lower productivity and higher stress levels.
The new trend of adapting to less working hours
Although there are many speculations going around with the question primarily being “Can reduced working hours practically increase productivity and make the people interested in working?” It has been successfully researched that employees who work 50 hours a week are actually less productive than their 38-40 hours working counterparts.
This research has encouraged many countries like Denmark, Sweden and Germany to move beyond the traditional 40-48 working hours a week and adopt a36 hours working week which is effectively tracked by various Employee Hours Tracker softwares.
The results gained from this reduced working hours of the employees have yielded positive results for the countries with the employee productivity increasing many folds and the working environment becoming more professional.
Lately, companies are implementing lower working hours getting positive results and more productivity from the employees.
Here’s a list of reasons why reduced working hours are a boon for companies and employees:
- Improved work-life balance
It’s generally seen that most employees have their professional and personal lives overlapping, which in most cases, reduces the interest and productivity of employees. In this case, reduced working hours act as a boon for them by giving them more time to think about their personal lives. This in turn acts as a great driving factor for increased productivity among employees.
- Less stress
It’s obvious that less stressed employees perform better, are happier, and more engaged in their job resulting in a lower turnover. It can be difficult to stay in a concentrated state at work for longer hours, but with a shorter working day, focusing becomes easier andthe quality of work increases.
Perhaps, with the biggest obstacle being work ethic and self-valuation according to how hard employees strive,it’s challenging to make organizations aware of lower working hours. But given the stress and productivity issues on the rise, the idea of implementing lower working hours seems like a challenge worth taking on.