Being Punished for Being a Workaholic?
That is exactly the case for the employees at an HR Software company in Utah according to this article. The founders of the company have a strict "No Workaholics" policy that they enforce...complete with sanctions.
One worker was almost fired for regularly working more than 40 hrs a week. The company founders experienced first hand the havoc working too much can have on an employee. Work/Life balance isn't just a saying for this company but a priority.
The article is complete with research data to back it up.
Studies show that it is hazardous to you health.
67% increase in the risk of developing heart disease for people who work 11 hrs a day versus 8 hrs a day.
Those who work 50 hrs a week or more are three times as likely to develop an alcohol abuse problem
It is not productive
50% of employees are less effective because of the stress of their jobs.
I liked this article.
It defies the status quo. I love finding articles on how to do work better that challenge the conventional thinking. I have never been a 9-5 job person and for years I thought something was wrong with me. I am fine. I just prefer a different work environment. Taking a stand like these entrepreneurs let's me know that you can create a work culture that is based on valuing employees and their sanity as a strategic business decision.
It is a short article. Read it and tell me what you think?
Would you want to be sanctioned for working too much?
Would you feel better about your company if they had (and enforced) such a policy?