Who is to say 40 hours a week is truly the right number of hours someone should work to pull off work life balance? I am writing this blog in the midst of working though a 65 hour week and a working through another weekend. I have a bit of an unconventional opinion on time management. I, like many new and young aspiring professionals, feel limited by the 40 hour work week where going above and beyond makes you look bad. Not only do individuals struggle, but “…many employers feel work laws are strangling their ability to be flexible.”
Now consider if all new professionals were limited to a 40 hour work week with 2-4 weeks of vacation (lets assume 2), they would only receive 2000 hours of experience in a year. Now I work for an organization that lets me have my own “time management” and work life balance. I am able to achieve the same amount of experience in 8 months (well really 6), be recognized quicker and promoted faster. I continue to be healthy by eating right and working out, volunteering, and spending quality time with my family. I don’t waste time watching TV or any other unhealthy “time fillers” just because I am done working.
The war on talent that once was (and then wasn’t during the economic crisis) just a symptom on the bottle neck of how business’s are run. Many small to medium-sized companies are able to pivot and change faster, not only based on size, but the people who are inside who have an undeniable loyalty to making the business a success. Consider a large company that has the same loyalty and how they have taken a large part of a market away, for example Microsoft’s competitor: Apple.