How to Change the Culture of Long Working Hours?

A decade ago, long working hours was considered to be a sign of productivity and extreme dedication. However, the culture of long working hours can be now be counter-productive leading to faster burn-out among employees. To break this culture of long working hours, the reasons to this long work hours must be looked into.
Some extreme long hours workers are individuals who feel like they are more productive after hours. Others who work long-hours say that to stay ahead in the game its necessary to work round the clock. These employees are often encouraged by their bosses and senior team members to stay in office till late.

Why late-nights at the office can be harmful for your employees?

To thrive, we need adequate daylight and fresh air, regular nutrition and hydration, a good-night’s sleep and regular exercise.

However, the working culture in most organizations requires employees to deprive themselves of all these to stay ahead at work. Employees need to put these basic needs on the back-burner to stay competitive.

Short and long-term sickness, performance management issues, burnout, mental breakdowns and physical health issues all come with this high-stress work environment that most of us live in.

Thus it is crucial for employers to break this culture of long working hours to protect the company from financial risks of high absenteeism.

What HR can do to change the culture?

Leading the way

Managers need to be promoting the approach of effective time-management and making sure the day’s work gets done within those designated hours. Most employees who work long hours usually blame the management for promoting this culture. Thus the Human resources team must make sure that top and middle management understands that long working hours could prove to be counter-productive and they are leading the way to change the culture of long working hours.

What employees must do to maximize productivity?

Prioritize Tasks

Start your morning by prioritizing tasks. Create a list of top five things to get done and stick to the list. While setting priorities, your criteria must be based on value, importance and time.

Avoid Distractions

Research states that the major reasons why people spend more time at work is because of unproductive distractions such as social media, surfing the internet and personal messages. Make sure to keep that cellphone on silent so that you don’t spend most of the time responding to text messages. Apps like Focus Booster locks your phone for a certain period and helps you focus on tasks at hand without the distraction of your phone.

Here are 7 must-have apps to help you maximize productivity at work and keep those distractions at bay.