Running a Business

Overworking Declines Happiness, Which Declines Productivity

In the entrepreneurial world, working too much and pulling off all-nighters is like a crown that many people wear with pride. Founders and employees alike believe that consistently working for long hours and is a sign of how determined, motivated, and driven you are. That is wrong.

A number of studies have been carried out in the recent past and it has been found that 40 hours is the limit. You shouldn’t put in more than 40 hours per week. This equals to 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. You have to take the weekends off and devote that time to your family. During the weekdays you should leave office at 5 p.m. and head home for a peaceful evening. This will take a lot of burden off your shoulders, you will leave work at office itself and you will not have personal problems. When your personal life is sound you will obviously be able to concentrate more on work, which in turn will increase your productivity.

The key takeaway here is that 40-hour weeks keep you content and happy with life, and from decades together experts have said that happiness boosts productivity like nothing else can. Thus you should ensure that weeks don’t exceed the given timeline for you or for your employees. There is an immediate need for the change of the notion that working for long and being very busy is actually good for your career because if you are given more work you are important for the company. As the founder of a startup you should keep away from these beliefs and never incorporate them at any point of time. There was a time when people got everything done within 8 hours a day and 40 hours a week, and with the advent of such advanced technology you have no reason to say that this is not possible anymore. You have to come up ways to increase efficiency without increasing the hours. This calls for strategic planning.

Of course, you have to be very careful here because as aforementioned, everyone is trained to believe that working late is good and if people go back home on time (and this includes you), they may find it quite psychologically drained because they don’t get the sense of accomplishment. When your employees feel so, they stress themselves needlessly. Therefore, you have to work slowly and right from the beginning to build a culture that strongly dissuades overworking.

Soon you will be the proud owner of a startup that gets everything done on time without stressing anyone. Soon you will have happy and highly productive employees.

Entrepreneurial Learning

Experts say that neither you nor your employees should work for more than 40 hours per week. While this may seem difficult to you it is important that you incorporate this without making yourself or your employees feel psychologically drained. Create a culture that is productive, and not which is stressful.

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