The Secret to Success: Work Less
Anita Sharpe on Business
It's true. If you need statistics and proof, check out this piece by Margaret Heffernan in a past print edition of Worthwhile. But I think we all instinctively know it. There comes a point where 12-hour days and no breaks produce nothing but diminishing returns.
So why is it that 40 percent of Americans had no plans to take a vacation this summer, according to a survey by the Conference Board?
How many of you took two weeks of vacation this summer?
We know it's important, yet we don't do it. The accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, now completely closes up shop twice a year to force its staff to stop working. Officials told the New York Times this month that its seeing positive results from a workforce that regularly recharges its batteries.
Most companies aren't so enlightened. Taking time off is still too often equated with slacking off. How many of you honestly think you can go away for two weeks and
a.) not check email even once
b.) not be called a single time by your office or a client
c.) not be a little concerned if you could completely disappear for two weeks and no one really missed you?