Re: Average Hours Worked

Subject: Re: Average Hours Worked
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2002 11:54:28 -0700

Mark L. Levinson wrote:

I would like to agree with Bruce about productivity declining
as extra hours increase, because ideologically I oppose overwork. But my personal experience is that it depends on
the kind of work.

I remember talking to a resident doctor at a local hospital. As you may know, it's common for residents to be on shift 36 or even 48 hours.She told me that, whenever she could, she tried to schedule work that required alertness for the first ten hours of one of her marathon shifts. For the rest of a shift, she'd try to do routine work.If an emergency arose in the last ten hours, she'd try to delay it until someone else came on shift. If an emergency in the last ten hours couldn't wait, she made sure that she found a nurse or two who had just come on shift to assist her.Basically, she didn't trust her judgement for anything important after ten hours.

Bruce Byfield bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com 604.421.7177

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