There are a bunch of numbers and links to studies in this article, but maybe this sums it up best:
• Americans productivity is 400% greater than it was in 1950, and yet we are not earning 400% more. Our standard of living is about the same.
In short, Americans are working longer hours but making proportionately the same as they were in 1950. Their quality of life is suffering and companies are not really getting more productivity out of their employees. Employees who are disgruntled produce less, not more.
We just keep working longer hours, with no incentive to find creative ways to get things done more efficiently, getting next to nothing for it. And companies wonder why our whole relationship to work and to employers has changed.
Why wouldn’t it? It has to!
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