Against Crunch Culture, Why Overly Fixating on Productivity Isn’t Productive

With all the tools and systems available in the modern workplace, employees can get an incredible amount of stuff done in a shorter amount of time. Workers have never been more productive. But due to this efficiency, there is an incentive to add even more to the workforce’s plate for the sake of boosting productivity. This is the crux of crunch culture. So for all those fixated about the metrics, here are a few stats to take note of. Stanford University professor Jeffrey Pfeffer’s research for his book, “Dying for a Paycheck,” shows that:
  • 60% of employees in the US have reported that workplace stress made them sick.
  • 7% said they have been hospitalized. 
  • And due to this, US employers lose $300 billion a year. 
  • Workplace stress may also be behind 120,000 excess deaths each year. 

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Effective Exercises You Can Do at Work

Maintaining health and wellness at work has never been more relevant or important. Burnout is an official medical diagnosis now, as declared by the World Health Organization. We live in an era where people are Dying for a Paycheck. Thankfully, more sensible parties are pushing back against this rigid ethos by recognizing the importance of work-life balance. Conscientious employers and employees are seeking out ways to avoid overwork and recharge their energy levelsOne modest but undeniably effective way of doing this is by exercising. Even if you don’t have a gym subscription, there are some workouts you can do in the office. While they’re not as intense as hitting the weights or the treadmill for a full session, effective exercises can have a positive results particularly when you’re spending hours seated in front of a screen.  So here are a few exercises and stretches you can do in the office, and even in front of your desk: 

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Why the Jack Ma Approach Is Not Best For Business

Recently, the billionaire founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma, argued for a “996” system. This entails workdays spanning from 9am to 9pm – that’s 12 full hours – and a work week that’s six days long. Woah… that’s a lot to take in. He says that it is best for business, particularly in maintaining China’s economic inertia. But we beg to disagree with Jack Ma and this notion productivity that prioritizes profits ahead of the workers’ wellness and their work-life balance.

This is not what’s best for business and runs counter to what entrepreneurs should seek and what they should ask of their employees. After all, don’t startup owners hire Virtual Assistants precisely so they can have more time off? And aren’t people working as VAs to have more flexibility and control over their hours? (more…)

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