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Facing up to face time

Focusing on productive time rather than face time yields desired results

Merriam-Webster Dictionary: Face time: time spent at one’s place of employment especially beyond normal work hours. An extensive and often re-quoted 2006 study published in Harvard Business Review declared the 40-hour work week dead and face time to be paramount. However, researchers warned that too much face time actually lowers productivity due to burn out and attrition. In a more recent study published in Human Relations, researchers conducted extensive interviews with 39 corporate managers. These managers reportedly perceived employees who put in more face time as more dedicated, hardworking, and responsible. These managers judged employees not based on productivity or results, but rather on ability to sit at their desk for more than 8 hours. Those efficient souls who completed their work in 8 hours or less were penalized. As Woody Allen said, 80 percent of success is just showing up! It is interesting that even in this era of … Continue reading Facing up to face time

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