In the U.S., working long hours has been the norm for many decades. In the country of the “self-made man” (and woman!), where being successful by putting in “honest hard work” is celebrated as one of the founding principles we all aspire to, is it any surprise that we’ve reached a point where pulling 80-100 hour weeks at the office is worn like a badge of honor? The more hours you put in, the better of an employee you are, and the more likely you are to get ahead, right?
Wrong. Working endless hours may be nothing more than a waste of time.
Germany is among the countries with the shortest workweeks, with employees averaging 35 hours a week at the office, but it also tops out as the most productive nation in the world, according to the infographic below, generated by cloud-based software company PGi.
Research actually shows that the marginal benefit of each hour worked on a country’s gross domestic product declines pretty steadily as the number of hours increase, according to the infographic.
How many hours are you working a week? Could you be spending your time more wisely? How many hours are your employees working per week? Do they need to be working that many hours?
Check out the infographic below for additional data on global productivity and some tips on how to maximize your efficiency.