Badass of the Week
This is more a broad recognition than any one individual or company… but I thought it was awesome that Germany is pushing for a 4-day work week to save jobs.
I’ve long thought that the 40-hour week was a relic in desperate need of revamping or retiring… especially since more hours doesn’t necessarily mean more productivity.
Hell, I killed more “on the clock” hours goofing off at my old job than I spent producing (not to say I didn’t produce – I’m pretty efficient and work fast, so I could do 40 hours’ worth of “work” in 20-25). And the kicker? When I formally proposed to that company that I work a 4-10 schedule, I was essentially shot down in flames.
And here we are a few years later not only proving work from home is doable (and in some cases ESSENTIAL), but it can be even more productive.
I hated “drive by interruptions” at the office so much that I put up a “door” at the entrance of my cube, with a note telling people I was in the zone and to email me. It worked for about 6 months until people started coming in to interrupt me anyway.
Now that I’ve been working from home for years, I’m in a comfortable rhythm of 4-6 hours of work a day. Sometimes more, sometimes less. It’s about time the “work week” shifted to reflect the modern post-industrial era.
(If you know someone who should be featured as my Badass of the Week, hit reply and tell me!)
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