Business & Economy

Long Hours Backfire for People and for Companies


Sarah Green Carmichael

Apparently businesses aren’t as cutting edge or research-driven as people thought. Despite a growing amount of research indicating otherwise, companies still believe that longer hours generate greater productivity. In light of this irony, this article looks at some of the reasons why companies and employees alike are tempted to work long hours and offers some thoughts on why this continues to occur, even as a growing amount of evidence indicates the negative consequences for doing so.

Which of the reasons that the author proposes do you think are the main reason why we persist in overwork despite strong evidence showing its detrimental effects?

What do you think it will take for companies to change work culture in light of research in this area?

Source: Harvard Business Review

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