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Let's Get Off The Clock: Arbitrary Weekly Work Hour Requirements

An interesting article from Inc Magazine made the rounds on the Internet over the past few days with its showcasing of a "less than 40 hour week" startup perk. While at first glance the notion of a work week capped at some amount less than or equal to 40 hours sounds promising for employee retention, long - term morale and even worker productivity, it nevertheless highlights a problematic approach to thinking about work.


Specifically, by framing work weeks in terms of the amount of hours employees are expected to commit, employers are suggesting that the number of hours worked is the most apt measure of productivity. Unfortunately for those supporting 40 hour work weeks, this is the same logic that they problematize in their critique of "80 hours a week" thinking.