Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Longer working hours = more output?

IT companies are going in for longer working hours...

One of my friends had this to say, "Ever heard of a restaurant that is open longer and hence attracts more customers?"

The logic is that 70% work is Time and Material - which means customers will pay for more work that is being done. But then, when your customers are affected by a slowdown the last thing you want to do is increase your billing? Would you rather not shrink your margin and share the pain?

Second, for people to work longer hours, more work needs to come in. When work itself is less, what happens? (I do agree that in the short run there will be more work coming in...)

To me, this is a patently bad idea. Working longer hours does not contribute to higher or better output. Fortunately everybody is not thinking this way.

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