A handful of company owners and executives around the United States are beginning to put limits on work encroachment on personal time, imposing policies to limit their salaried employees to a “firm 40” hours a week and no more.
According to the 2015 Workplace Flexibility Study by Workplace Trends and CareerArc, two-thirds of professionals surveyed said their managers expected them to be reachable outside the office. Equally, two-thirds of human resources officials said they expected employees to be reachable on their personal time.
Studies find that putting in more hours on the job doesn’t help productivity rise and often leads to work errors, injuries and stress. Employers pushing for the “firm 40” movement believe that working hard for 40 hours per week while they’re at the office and then going home to a personal life maintains a work-life balance, causing employees to work harder while they’re at work.