Henry Ford shook the work world when he reduced his company’s work week to 40 hours (and DOUBLED wages).
His employees were MORE productive than when they were working a whole extra day. That happened more than a century ago.
It’s time: we need a 30 hour work week now.
Working 8 hours per day is not the most effective way to achieve your business goals.
There’s a great opportunity for a company to be a true market leader and provide their employees a 30 hour workweek at the same pay.
That’s key: SAME PAY.
Amazon tried the 30 hours, but they cut people’s pay. As if the employees were being less productive.
But Americans are more productive than ever, yet wages haven’t risen comparably.
Hours with a butt in a seat do NOT translate to hours being productive. Most people are only productive for 3 hours per day.
The point is to eliminate fluff… Like the 2 hours per day spent browsing the web instead of working on projects.
Here are the top 5 reasons why we need a 30 hour work week now:
1) Work expands to fill the time allotted
If given unlimited time, most people will procrastinate to the last minute.
The way around that, and to reduce the hours in the office, is implementing shorter deadlines. Get more productivity in less time with deadlines!
2) Less hours in office is more hours doing things we enjoy
When we spend time doing things we enjoy, generally, we get happier. Being happier leads to being more productive.
3) People get more sleep and work when they are at their best
Having people only work 6 hours per day allows them to spend that 2 extra hours cooking, exercising and sleeping. We Americans need more sleep. And better sleep. Less stress would help us get better sleep.
4) Rush Hour gets fragmented
Our commutes are awful. They make us less productive and depressed. Some of that even leads to obesity – which is a productivity destroyer.
Work 7a – 1p or Noon – 6p. Your business is open a few extra hours and everyone gets an hour in the middle together…
With the fragmented schedule, rush hour traffic disappears and people spend less time in the car – meaning less stress and more quality sleep… which leads to more productivity.
5) Healthier and happier is more productive
Science shows healthy people are more productive and happy people are more productive than unhappy people.
Healthy, happy people are going to be the most productive. Employers play a huge role in how healthy and happy their employees are. Don’t burn them out – lift them up!
By taking the extra steps to ensure that employee quality of life rises, we’ll find productivity does too.
By giving employees 10-15 extra hours per week to be healthier (cook, eat better and exercise) and happier (spend more time with loved ones), you will actually improve productivity in your office.
It’s beyond time we switch to a 30 hour work week now. This is a huge opportunity for a company to make a massive difference in the well-being of our workforce, and receive incredible free PR for it!
Which company will be the fearless leader paving the way this time?