Getting Over Overtime: Why You Should Stick to a 40 Hour Work Week

by Inc.

Chances are all those long hours you’re spending at the office really aren’t doing anyone any favors. If you really want to be productive, shut down, go home, and start again fresh tomorrow.

Despite what workaholics (and Randy Bachman) would have you believe, taking care of business doesn’t always mean working overtime. In fact, research shows that “people who put in a solid 40 hours a week get more done than those who regularly work 60 or more hours,” writes Inc.‘s Geoffrey James, so Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is absolutely on to something making it a point to leave everyday at 5:30pm. If she can do it, so can you.

For more on why anything past a 40 hour work week is actually counterproductive, read James’s full post here.

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