This article went VIRAL in social media, for good reason – who doesn’t want an extra day off per week?
So I thought I’d use this space to dig a little bit behind the headline. Here’s what I found:
‘Productivity’ was measured in sales per employee, and 40% increase in sales is no joke
They capped in-person meetings to 30 minutes
They reduced operations cost: ‘23.1% less electricity used and 58.7% fewer pages printed over the period’
The experiment ‘also incorporated self-development and family wellness schemes’
Would this work in Malaysia, you think? I don’t know. Obviously Japan and Malaysia’s working culture is different – we work hard of course but they literally invented a word which describes dying by working hard (‘karoshi’).
However, common sense tells me that it wouldn’t hurt to at least try to reduce our meeting time, no?
The data came from US demographics, but mental health is universal and this discussion is applicable to us Malaysians as well.
I don’t have solutions, but I agree with this gentleman’s sentiment:
I’ll say it again: If you hate your job stop blowing the money that they’re paying you. Stack that money so you can put it into things so you eventually won’t need that job anymore. Spending recklessly while working a job you hate is STUPID. Stop bullshitting.
But of course I admit that’s a priviledged way of looking at it. Some people truly can’t afford to quit their jobs because non-negotiable commitments are too high.
So here I want to say… employers, take care of your employees. I can give many reasons why you should – happier employees are more productive, etc – but at the end of the day… the reason you should take their wellbeing into consideration is because they’re fellow human beings.
“Of course there are exceptions and extenuating circumstances that make someone a better entrepreneur than an employee, but generally, you need to build the work ethic to thrive in any environment first.”
Say whatttttt. But doesn’t the whole job hiring process center around experience??
So if not experience, what does predict new hire’s success in their new role? The professor recommends ‘focusing on the knowledge, skills, and traits directly rather than using experience or even education as a proxy.’
However, there are certain scenarios where experience matters, like task-based performance (like driving or operating machines).
Read the article to know more about this fascinating study.