Question of the Week

How grueling is your work week? If you have a flexible schedule, share your secret


This week, Lady Gaga testified in a deposition that her employees work no more than eight hours daily, though the time is spaced out throughout the day. “You don’t get a schedule that is like you punch in and you can play f—ing Tetris at your desk for four hours and then you punch out at the end of the day,” Gaga said. “This is—when I need you, you’re available.”

Also this week, Science Nordic noted a Danish professor’s proposal that a 25-hour workweek become the norm—and that it become the norm not to retire until one’s 80s. And U.S. News & World Report noted a study by the Center for Economic Policy and Research that stated “a worldwide switch to a ‘more European’ work schedule, which includes working fewer hours and more vacation time, could prevent as much as half of the expected global temperature rise by 2100.”

Study author David Rosnick told U.S. News that Americans “can get a similar amount of work done as productivity and technology improves. It’s something we have to decide as a country—there are economic models in which individuals get to decide their hours and are still similarly productive as they are now.”

So this week, we’d like to ask you: How grueling is your work week?

Are you constantly under pressure to meet your employer’s/client’s demands? Or…do you have a five-day, business-hours workweek? Perhaps technology allows you to have a more flexible schedule, or put in less hours—or is your job more akin to the unpredictability of a personal assistant of Lady Gaga’s?

Answer in the comments.

Read the answers to last week’s question: Is try the ‘most dangerous word to use at work?’ What other words signal failure at the office?

Featured answer:

Posted by LTMG:Hope and waiting for. Hope means there is no plan for achieving desired results. Waiting for means I’m doing nothing right now to to help the plan achieve desired results. Words like try, and hope, and waiting for I encourage my competitors to use frequently.”

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