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vnewman2
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9/16/2015 | 2:58:22 PM
Gimme a break
Funny you should mention this @David because I was just reading about the benefits of taking a break every 90 minutes. The argument is that our attention span gives out after that long due to the ultradian rhythms and biological processes in our body. It makes total sense to me. It also makes me not want to ever have any type of surgery that takes longer than 90 minutes. :)
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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9/16/2015 | 3:07:49 PM
Re: Gimme a break
@vnewman2- Don't worry. Reports seem to suggest that surgeons spend most of your operaton just chatting anyway. :)
vnewman2
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9/16/2015 | 9:02:08 PM
Re: Gimme a break
@David - yes and laughing at all of your flaws.  Remember the headline: "Guy Records Doctors Talking Trash During Surgery, Walks Away with $500,000.

But I digress.  This article makes me wonder when we, as a society, are going to stop working "factory hours" in the US and just work when there's work to do?  I just read an article on Huff Post called, "The Origin of the 8 Hour Work Day and Why We Should Rethink It."  Interesting stuff in there.  Whenever will we stop equating "work" with merely the passage of time?

 

David Wagner
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9/17/2015 | 9:52:38 AM
Re: Gimme a break
@vnewmans2- Agreed, but I think the problem with the "work when there is work to do" is that there is ALWAYS work to do. To me, the issue is convincing enterprises that shortening the work week (let's face it, who even works 40 hours anymore?) and hiring more people will actually make all of those people productive. 

A few years ago I covered a plan for a 20 hour work week that made total sense in every way except from the point of view of enterprises. I think the one major sticking point is that most enterprises rely on a few star employees on each team to get the bulk of work done. Take those stars from 40 hours (or 50 or 60) to 20 and the teams suffer.

The topping point will be when technology allows star workers to get 50 hours of work done in 20.

that was a major theme at Dreamforce yesterday while I was there. Marc Benioff, Satya Nadella, and Travis Kalanick all mention specifically that the scarcest resource in the enterprise was time. 
vnewman2
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9/17/2015 | 1:49:05 PM
Re: Gimme a break
"To me, the issue is convincing enterprises that shortening the work week (let's face it, who even works 40 hours anymore?) and hiring more people will actually make all of those people productive."

Agreed.  In the last year, I've worked the same amount of "hours" in the department essentially doing the work of two people (some of our new hires didn't work out in Deskside Support) as I did when there were 3 people.  The only thing that changed was pace of how I worked.  And yes, when we were down a person the pace was frantic, but I still did it.  Now that we are fully staffed, I can slow it down a bit and I could easily leave throughout the day, run errands, go to the gym, etc, all while monitoring my email to see what matters need attending.  But as an hourly employee, that doesn't fly - I have to be at my desk "working."  Why?
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9/17/2015 | 1:50:13 PM
Re: Gimme a break
Also @David can you elaborate a little more on the Dreamforce experience?
David Wagner
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9/17/2015 | 2:15:56 PM
Re: Gimme a break
@vnewman2- I'm planning an article later this week on this very topic. But the short answer is that all of these leaders were talking about basically the same thing-- that smart technology compbined with analytics and automation should be able to give time back to the workerr rather than draining them.

Benioff showed how changes to Salesforce would allow for it to help plan the day of the worker so they could offload a lot of their email reading. Nadella talked about changes to Outlook that could help you manage your time with smart analytics. Uber is making changes so you don't have to wait as long for a ride and so they can deliver stuff to you so you use less of your time moving yourself around. And everyone all said the same thing, that their goal was to give back time. 

On Friday or shortly after, I'll be wrapping some themes around Dreamforce and that is one I'll focus more on.
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9/19/2015 | 7:48:10 AM
Re: Gimme a break
I love this article. It is important to take a mid-morning break which will help to make yourself active. I think morning hours are more productive than the evening hours.
shamika
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9/19/2015 | 7:52:13 AM
Small Breaks
@david don't you think, taking lots of small breaks will affect the productivity. Do you think people can concentrate well on their work?
shamika
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9/19/2015 | 7:58:26 AM
Re: Gimme a break
I have seen people working long hours without taking a single break. I think this is not a healthy practice. Especially when you work with computers. It will have a bad impact on eye sight.
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