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Rethinking the 40 Hour Work Week

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Thu, Jan 19, 2012 @ 11:48 AM

leadership inspirational speakerTraditionally, people just worked whatever hours it took to get the job done. This is no longer the case as people demand that work not completely consume their lives. Organizations can't expect employees to put their lives aside for work.

The workplace has changed to favor the employee. Partially because there are more skilled jobs than skilled people to do them and it cost so much to hire and train a new employee, companies are at the mercy of market supply and demand. Savvy employees know they have options and are not afraid to demand more.

Lines are also blurred as the time people spend at work and physical work location are challenged. We now have the ability to work anywhere.

The 40 hour work week came about in 1938 with the Fair Labor Standards Act. For many years it provided structure and equality making sure corporate policies were fair. Our workplaces and society have shifted so much that it no longer seems relevant.

Leadership should not be consumed with providing a work life balance but a work life blend.

Exceptional people are Motivated by Conviction Not Recognition or pay scales.

Where possible, employees should be able to work where they want, when they want as long as they get the job done.

As a leadership inspirational speaker, I like to challenge leaders to consider it a new workplace and challenge the rules.

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