Many companies in Sweden have switched to six-hour work day. This is a perfect example of working “smart” instead of “hard” to get something done. We should follow their lead.
Studies show that reducing the work day to 6-hours actually results in a dramatic increase in productivity. With almost no vacation days, and many US workers putting in far more than 40 hours a week, US employers tend to believe that working “more” is somehow far more important than what you get done in that time.
One of the worst culprits?
Law firms that require new associates to bill “X” amount of hours per month/year, regardless of what they actually get done, a practice that can border on the absurd, and helps no one but the partners at the law firm.