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Does Working More Hours Lead to a Healthier Economy? [Infographic]

Looking to increase the productivity of your employees? Asking them to work longer hours may not be the answer.

While conventional wisdom might imply more hours worked equals more productivity, a new study from our friends at GetCRM suggests otherwise.

They have analyzed the GDP per capita and hours worked data of 35 countries from around the globe to examine the relationship between productivity and hours worked.

Surprisingly, the data indicates there is actually an inverse relationship between hours worked and productivity, meaning that the countries who worked more hours were actually less profitable. For example, Mexico (where employees work the most hours per week) saw the lowest economic return on those hours worked.

Check out the infographic below to learn more about the key takeaways from their research.

Hours Worked Vs Profitability

Paul Slezak

Cofounder at RecruitLoop. I've been a hands on recruiter, manager, trainer, coach, mentor, and regular speaker for the recruitment industry for nearly 25 years. Follow me @paul_slezak.

  • Pedro

    Isn’t it obvious that if I draw a chart with one axis being X and the other one 1/X it’s going to show me roughly an inverse relationship? I think a simpler chart (GDP per capita x hours worked per week) would provide more conclusive information.

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