If you think that tech company CEOs are all about working 90 hours a week, think again.
Ryan Carson, CEO of online-training startup Treehouse, actually thinks that a shorter work week will help you get more done. Keeping busy doesn’t always yield business results. Copyblogger’s Brian Clark explains how getting more sleep, taking vacations or getting exercise will make you more creative and improve your business. It’s the same for working less.
“We’ve proven that you can take it from an experiment to something that’s actually doable for real companies, for real people in highly competitive markets. Right now we’re able to compete against scary big companies like Google and Facebook for talent.”
Perks aren’t for everybody
Of course, if you’re not a computer programmer being recruited by big tech companies but have a less in-demand job like waiting tables or teaching college part-time, then your boss may not be offering to pay you a five-day salary for four days of work.
If it’s all about supply and demand on the job market, then those lucky workers who are in big demand can expect to see more perks like shorter workweeks while the rest of may find things going the opposite direction — fewer perks and more work.
The good news is that more and more Americans are now working freelance. Perhaps not by choice. But nonetheless, it does give them a chance to make their own hours. And too many freelancers or entrepreneurs become their own meanest bosses — real slave-drivers.
Don’t be your own worst boss
I was falling into this situation. Working 50 or 60 hours a week.
But when I looked carefully at my own work, I found that I was wasting a lot of time on Facebook or reading too many articles in the numerous e-newsletters I get.
This video has been a bit of a wakeup call for me. That’s why I’m sharing it. If you work for yourself, perhaps the video will help you too to think about working less.
That may make you more creative. But more importantly, it will certainly make you happier. And working less will help you do something more important than work — it will help you live well.
“No matter how much money I make or how powerful I get, I can’t buy time,” says Carson. “I don’t have that long to spend with people I love. And I’m not going to be at my f**king keyword at 9 pm on Friday night. Because there’s no life there.”
— Erik Curren, Curren Media Group