The highest-earning Americans work more hours than anyone else in the world, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they're more productive in the truest sense of the word.
"Clopening" is the newest trend in the service industry. In order to shave costs by relying on fewer employees, many employers are scheduling the same person to close up a restaurant at midnight, only to return in seven hours to open. Clopening exists in more industries than just hospitality: retail, security, construction, and nursing are using the practice, as well. The harsh consequences of clopening affect more than just the weary service worker; they affect us all in detrimental ways.
Some good news for anyone sick of 12-hour days at the office: the key to maximizing professional productivity may not be to work more, but rather to work less. According to a recent study conducted by the Draugiem Group, a social networking company, the average person remains productive for 52 minutes at a time. Using its productivity tracking app, DeskTime, the Draugiem Group analyzed users' time and tasks and found that the most productive 10 percent were those who worked for 52-minute intervals followed by 17-minute breaks, over the course of a workday that often lasted fewer than eight hours.
Today's busy working families need about 28 hours in the day to get everything done. Work hours have crept into our home lives as more people take care of job responsibilities in the evenings and on weekends. In this environment, is it even possible to balance our careers and our personal lives?
Working late again tonight? You might want to reconsider. A new study shows that being a night owl could be the reason why you struggle to find balance in life.
How do you plan to spend the rest of your life? According to author Robert D. Smith, most people sleepwalk through life, being passive about the daily goings-on and letting time slip away. In his book, "20,000 Days and Counting: The Crash Course for Mastering Your Life Right Now," Smith provides readers with strategies on how to take back control of their own time and be present in every moment. His teachings include figuring out what is most important, celebrating life and holding nothing back. I recently interviewed Smith about passion and mindset.
Between all the clients you've committed to, a few charities you volunteer with, and the countless and endless number of things you have to do, you're starting to realize you just don't have enough time. Does this scenario sound familiar? If so, here are three ways you can downsize your workday and open up time for fun, friends and family.
When SurveyMonkey wanted to hire someone experienced in product engineering, they had their sights set on Selena Tobaccowala. She founded eVite when she was still in college and went on to work for Ticketmaster. Dave Goldberg, CEO of SurveyMonkey, managed to win over Tobaccowala simply by offering an environment that included normal office hours.