It isn’t forbidden for the occasional high performer to still put in a 12-hour day when it’s really crucial. The key is that those crunch periods remain the exception to the rule—which you need to hold up in spirit, not enforce to the letter
Performance shouldn’t be measured on ‘hours in the office’ but rather peoples’ ability to complete their work.
‘Manage your energy not your time’
We have 4 different types of energies to manage every day.
Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual.
The basic understanding is that our human minds can focus on any given task for 90-120 minutes. Afterwards, a 20-30 minute break is required for us to get the renewal to achieve high performance for our next task again.
So instead of thinking about “What can I get done in an 8 hour day”, start to change your thinking to “What can I get done in a 90 min session”.
Commit to a quid pro quo of not engaging in social media or personal internet use during working hours, in order to reap the benefits of the shorter hours.
Here at MHScot we have implemented a full-time wage based on working 30 hours a week in a flexible person centered way.