Productivity of Workaholics Questioned in New Study

Patrick Avery

Does working too hard prevent employees from being productive? It's been debated for years and IT Business Edge editor Ann All points out a new Harvard Business School study that says making workaholics take some time off improved their performance.


The practice of providing guaranteed solace from the workplace has worked for some places. According to a Wall Street Journal article, imposed breaks pushed the employees of Boston Consulting Group to communicate better and forge closer relationships with colleagues on project teams. Employee satisfaction increased, too. After five months of trying the new approach, internal surveys showed that consultants who got at least one guaranteed night off a week were more satisfied with their jobs and more likely to remain with the company.


Some places are even looking at limiting the use of BlackBerries, after a UK study concluded that the devices compel people to work an extra 15 hours a week.


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