Flexibility: The Answer To Burnout

Americans are working more hours than the Japanese these days, and nationwide burnout appears to be in the making. Not that people complain about the prosperity. It's just that, logging 2,000 hours a year on the job, they're tired, stressed out, and often a little manic. Weary middle-aged men are already bailing out of Corporate America, taking early retirement, at a record rate. Working moms increasingly are stretched to the breaking point between family and office. And even a growing number of young Net hotshots are crashing and burning under the load. This fall, as people return to the office and kids go back to school, it may be time for corporate managers to begin thinking about redesigning work. The conventional 50-, 60-, or 70-hour workweek (do you know anyone working only 40 hours?) isn't working. Creativity, productivity, and eventually profitability are sure to suffer unless companies begin to show some real flex.

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