If you are one of the unfortunates who has a boss that will keep a running log of all the days where you’ve ‘shot’ out the door, there is good news.
Research carried out across a wide number of OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) nations has suggested that longer hours does not result in greater output or productivity.
The proof of this lies just over the Channel in France where the lucky buggers worked on average 200 hours less than UK citizens did in 2014, but they still influenced a strong economy.
The rational part of my brain says these figures have to be taken with a pinch of salt. Some nations produce exports of a greater value, so workers can work less hours whilst having a greater economic output
But then the part of me that likes getting home on time kicks in and says use these statistics to your advantage.
So the next time your boss wants to draw attention to the fact you stick to the hours you were contractually set, give them a simple choice. They can have a tired lethargic you for longer, or a productive asset of greater economic value for less.
Whatever you do, don’t be a busy fool.
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.