Maximizing Workplace Productivity in Tough Economic Times


I’ve been doing a lot of research lately into the effects of fatigue on worker’s performance, and the cost of fatigue for business.

The costs are huge…  so it is actually a great place to shine the light in these tough economic times when employers might not be so happy – and often now, not being able to justify – salary increases, the usual level of bonuses etc.

Here is a great interview with Sylvia Ann Hewlett, founding president of the New York based Center for Work-Life Policy and co-author of a provocative article in the December issue of the Harvard Business Review called “Extreme Jobs:  The Dangerous Allure of the 70-Hour Workweek.”

OK, not all of us work a 70 hour workweek, but listen to the interview, particularly relevant to management, on how to adapt the workplace in times of economic stress – which of course, filters throughout the whole work environment.

This time in history is no doubt a great opportunity to be changing the culture at work to deliver benefits to employees that go beyond just financial for the benefit of both the employees and the organisation.   It’s not like the employees don’t appreciate flexibility and new experiences – they do, and they’ve been asking for them.

What do you think?

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