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Working More Than 40 Hours a Week

Do You Work More Than 40 Hours a Week?

There's a reason why we call your day job a "9 to 5." That's eight hours a day we're supposed to be working, which equates to 40 hours a week. We've all been guilty of working more than that, but if you're justifying the hours with the fact that you're getting more work done, you may be wrong. says:

In the early 1900s, Ford Motor ran dozens of tests to discover the optimum work hours for worker productivity. They discovered that the "sweet spot" is 40 hours a week — and that, while adding another 20 hours provides a minor increase in productivity, that increase only lasts for three to four weeks, and then turns negative.

Anyone who's spent time in a corporate environment knows that what was true of factory workers a hundred years ago is true of office workers today. People who put in a solid 40 hours a week get more done than those who regularly work 60 or more hours.

Adding to that, Inc. mentions that people who work long workweeks have a higher chance of burning out. What about you — do you work more than 40 hours a week?

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