Probably! New York Times columnist Robert Pozen recently wrote a high profile article where he pushed for companies to reward employees for what they produce, not how many hours they work. He says our current work model of set hours dates back to the Industrial Revolution - where a strict, set schedule was needed to keep factories and manufacturers at maximum production.
But today, most jobs don’t need a rigid schedule for employees to be productive. However, because we still equate long hours with someone who’s a hard worker – some people will stay on the job extra hours, just to look good to the boss. Or to match the hours of their coworkers, so they don’t come off looking like a slacker. And a recent study shows that bosses’ are actually rewarding that behavior!
University of California Davis researchers had executives complete a survey about their employees. The result? Workers who stayed after hours were considered much more dependable and reliable compared to those who sailed out the door at quitting time - regardless of how much work they got done, or how good it was. And working on weekends? That really impresses bosses, who say it shows dedication and going above-and-beyond.
But instead of judging people by the hours they work, this expert says bosses should motivate workers to be efficient – and go home when their work is done so they can live their lives! Because that’ll actually be the thing that makes workers MOST productive.