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Consulting: The Case Against the 40-Hour Work Week, Part 1

Ken Chen

Ken Chen

December 11, 2013

5 thoughts on “Consulting: The Case Against the 40-Hour Work Week, Part 1”

  1. Having been on both sides, sometimes with the same company, I can tell you that there’s a big difference in how people perceive a consultant and an employee. As this article mentions, the advice of an external consultant is respected more – being an outside perspective. I remember the day I changed from a consultant to full-time employee at one company – both my attitude and my clients’ changes immediately, and my ability to influence for needed changes was immediately diminished.

    If you need an employee, hire an employee! Outside expertise is only valuable as long as it is truly outside expertise.

  2. Great article. And so true. I often find that I am able to be more honest in my review of projects, campaigns etc. I am not at risk of saying the right thing so i can climb the corporate ladder. I see my goal to help the client be as successful as possible. Sometimes that means thinking outside the box, changing the course and being honest.

    This is just one of the many benefits of work as a consultant!

  3. What a breath of fresh air. Even though EM Marketing clearly benefits when a client wants to hire a consultant for 40 hours a week, they’re still willing to stand up for what’s right…not necessarily what’s more profitable. This shows that they honestly have the client and consultant’s best interests at heart. That’s rare and commendable.

  4. Great article! As a working professional at a large company, this article resonates with me, especially the fact that Humans are Not Robots. I have found through personal experience and from colleagues, that work is far more effective by responding to one’s body and mood. For example, there is no use in writing reports or performing data analysis when the mind needs to relax after hours of continuous focus. Having a flexible schedule can allow the same results to be delivered more effectively when the body and brain are in sync with the work.

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