While putting in tireless work hours seems productive on the surface, it’s actually damaging. Here are some of the drawbacks of this, including tips on how to not overwork your employees.
Drawback: Diminishing returns
After working past 50 hours in a week, research shows there’s a sharp decline in productivity and results. And as you continuously add more hours to the week, this effect dramatically increases.
Tip: Perhaps cap every team member’s hours to no more than 50/week, if possible.
Drawback: Fatigue/health consequences
When an employee loses time for quality rest, the quality of their work also declines. Lack of sleep causes trouble in learning and memory, and mental processes are slower.
Also, when your employees are overworked, health complications arise. They’ll “be more susceptible to illnesses, and [their] feelings of wellness will decline.” Productivity also decreases because employees will have to take off for more sick days.
Tip: Consider the general health of your team. Regularly collect feedback on how they’re feeling.
If an employee has too much work to fulfill, not only will it be harder for them to complete it, but it’ll be done less efficiently, too.
Tip: Be mindful of how many tasks you give to each team member.
When an employee is constantly working with little breaks or vacation, they’ll inch closer to resenting their job, which results in high turnover rates and absenteeism. As well, when an individual is no longer passionate about their work, their productivity also decreases.
Tip: Ensure that every employee has substantial time off and vacations.