Posts tagged knowledge workers

In fact, research shows that knowledge workers actually have fewer good hours in a day than manual laborers do — on average, about six hours, as opposed to eight

The other thing about knowledge workers is that they’re exquisitely sensitive to even minor sleep loss. Research by the US military has shown that losing just one hour of sleep per night for a week will cause a level of cognitive degradation equivalent to a .10 blood alcohol level.

"Bring Back the 40 Hour Work Week" by Sara Robinson

Scroll to the end — really interesting that our current definition of “good” workers is based on the mental illness of early Silicon Valley tech workers.  Awesome.

Bit of Trivia: productivity experts agree that we’d have the original Mac a year earlier if they’d worked 40 hours instead of 90. Ha!


Open plan has its place, but forcing people to work in such environments all day regardless of their task profile and the effect of noise on them is costing business billions in lost productivity, not to mention the immense but currently unmeasured cost for employees and society of lost health and wellbeing through stress, fatigue, restricted neural development and impaired sociability.