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1, Oct 1, 2012

Long working hours yield lower productivity

Filed under: American Culture — admin @ 12:02 am

I learned from my mother that people get 8 days off for the two holidays, mid-autumn festival and National Day.

I told my mother that we never had such long official holiday here in America. Our long weekend is just one day longer than the normal two days.

I read it long ago that America is one of the countries where people have the longest work hour per week. This also means we have the shortest vacation days. Sound like we don’t have any life outside office. How nice!

The length of working hours reminds me of a study who reveals that long working hours are often associated with lower productivity per hour.

This is absolutely true when I look at the situation at work. Once we got an email that the department manager was not in that day, one colleague said “Hurray! Party time.” Party while the boss is absent. Talk about productivity!

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