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Leave the Office Earlier: How to Strike a Balance Between Workplace Productivity and Employee Burnout by Laura Stack

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Cultural Norms That Are Hard to Change 

 

Inevitable, you will encounter some problems in trying to improve productivity.  Some existing norms are very difficult to change, and you will struggle with them greatly in working to increase productivity.  Here are a few tough norms you can expect to face.

 

1. Butts in seats mentality.  If you aren’t there and I cannot see you, you must not be productive! But the truth is that an employee who works hard for eight hours is more productive than one who just twiddles his thumbs or works casually for 12 hours.  It doesn’t matter how many hours the butt is in the seat.  Just because you’re there doesn’t mean you’re producing.  

 

2. Late hours.  Today, these are often a norm.  At MCI, work hours for ...

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