OpinionPeople are working long hours with few holidays, but this actually makes them less efficient and is less sensible than having well-rested employees.
      – Lee J Haywood, 2008-12-06 at 10:31:46   (5 comments)

On 2008-12-06 at 10:39:26, Lee J Haywood wrote...
The downside to working fewer hours is that you don't get as much money, and it always seems as though you need to save as much as possible and try to get a good pension. But it's also important to recognise that, in a busy job, no matter how hard you work you will never get everything done. Even if you work 3 days a week and rest on the other 4, you may find that you do just as well but can put more focus into your work when you are doing it than if you try working 5-7 days a week.
On 2008-12-06 at 21:15:57, BorgClown wrote...
Hey, aren't Brittish people working only 40 (8*5) hours a week by law? Here the law is 45 (9*5), so counting meals, we spend 10 of our 16 waking hours at work.
On 2008-12-06 at 21:18:13, BorgClown wrote...
I strongly agree that more working hours don't improve productivity, it only makes you more tired and thus less efficient. Two of the developers worked half-time, and they were better than the grunts who developed full-time. And management never wanted to understand it.
On 2008-12-07 at 09:59:11, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Right - there was the European Union's working time directive, although companies immediately made all their employees opt out from them because they want people to work overtime when required. I believe this coercion was later stamped out by the government, however. According to these pages, the limit here is 48 hours. http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/Employees/WorkingHoursAndTimeOff/DG_10029426 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Working_time#Western_Europe
On 2008-12-07 at 11:50:18, BorgClown wrote...
Ah, I <3 Wikipedia. Is there something that it can't do?