Productivity Expert: The Magic Of The Five-Hour Workday

Productivity Expert: The Magic Of The Five-Hour Workday
Op-Ed

Stephan Aarstol, Founder of Tower Paddle Boards, explains why the modern notion of office hours needs to evolve

PSFK Op-Eds
  • 23 september 2016

In the early 1900s, it was common for factory workers to work 10-16 hour days six days a week. The industrial revolution brought about massive gains in productivity, but it also raised the pace of work to unsustainable levels. Hundreds of thousands of people we dying and getting maimed on America’s factory floors every year. It became very obvious that those long hours of physical labor were not sustainable, and in 1914 Henry Ford ushered in a new 8-hour workday, and that started a movement that would ultimately increase the quality of life of an entire nation.

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