Don’t Fall for These Productivity Myths

Companies spend millions of dollars each year in a never-ending quest to improve employee productivity. They purchase books, send employees to seminars, require employees to track their productivity each day, and much more. Unfortunately, these efforts may not yield much improvement in the end. It’s not that most people don’t try their hardest to be productive at work, either. It could simply be a matter of believing that all productivity standards fit all people at all times. This simply isn’t true.

The Myth of the Early Riser

“Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” “The early bird gets the worm.” These are just two well-known quotes that have been part of society for decades. Our society rewards those who get up early and display productivity in the morning hours while viewing those who sleep later and reach their peak hours of production later in the day as lazy. The truth is that each has a different body clock and neither is superior to the other. It just so happens that society rewards the early riser in multiple ways, including the structure of the typical business day.

Getting Things Done Quicker Equals a More Productive Person

If one person completes a task in 30 minutes while it takes a co-worker two hours to complete the same task, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the first person is the most productive. He or she could have made several mistakes that increase the total time of completing the task due to the rework involved. When it comes to setting production standards, quality beats quantity every time.

Working Long Hours without Breaks Makes Someone Productive

Similar to the above, some people get it in their minds that the boss will view them as the most productive member of the team if they routinely skip lunch and work well past quitting time. However, this is a sure path to burnout. The most productive people learn to pace themselves and recognize when their body needs a break.

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