RE: 40-hour weeks (was Re: FWD: Lack...)

Subject: RE: 40-hour weeks (was Re: FWD: Lack...)
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2007 15:13:05 -0400

Geez, "guaranteeing." How about "risking"?

Jim's not the only one. For some reason, this discussion has launched a
slew of generalities and absolutes. What happened to terms like,
"often," "usually," "tend to," "probably," etc.? I dunno, maybe the
subject of work hours is too sensitive to allow for the possibility that
there are exceptions to the rule.

I agree that excessive work hours are harmful to productivity,
efficiency, quality, and job satisfaction. But I once worked on an
over-40-hour-a-week team where all of the above were excellent. We
probably averaged around 45 hours per week; if we had averaged 50 hours,
*that* would have been excessive. For us. In our situation. At that

As for you, Your Mileage May Vary.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jim Morgan
> Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2007 2:51 PM
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: RE: 40-hour weeks (was Re: FWD: Lack...)
> ... However, an organization that requires,
> encourages, or supports a large group of people
> working more than 40 hours is guaranteeing itself
> lower per-capita productivity, higher absenteeism,
> and higher turnover *over the long term.*...

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