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Here in the UK the average hours worked (officially) is usually 37.5 and
I tend to stick to it fairly closely. To avoid traffic I'm usually in
work by 8:00am and I usually leave at 4:00pm. I don't object to working
overtime (as long as it's paid or there is time in lieu etc) but it
should be very occasional. Regular overtime, to me, means either bad
planning or there's more work than can be handled and more staff is
Following up Peter's comment about productive hours, if you've read any
of the Dilbert books you may have come across Scott Adams business model
for the Out at Five company. The premise is that everyone should be
leaving by five. People work to get money to pay the bills etc and,
given the choice, wouldn't be at work. They are also only really
productive for several hours/day with productivity falling off as the
day progresses. Therefore, make them leave at 5:00 to spend time with
the family/doing whatever they class as fun. This creates happy
employers, who are more productive (during those few hours) so more gets
done... nice thought.
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