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Consulting: The Case Against the 40-Hour Work Week, Part 2

Ken Chen

Ken Chen

December 16, 2013

A recent study found that 71% of the U.S. workforce is unhappy. Put another way, less than one third of U.S. workers are happy and productive. There are many reasons for this and technology is part of the problem. (Anyone reading this love email? That’s what I thought!)

We tell our clients not to hire our consultants for 40 hours a week, in the office the whole time. It’s an outdated work model. I’m inspired by this new model:

Some Silicon Valley startups are adapting their work models, but I think it will take a long time before it becomes the norm. The main issue is that it requires leaders and managers to relinquish control and trust and empower their employees. The great leaders can do this, for others it’s a work-in-progress.

We’re curious to hear from others on this topic. When you think back on your favorite manager, did he/she relinquish control like the one in the video?

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