But it doesn't have to be that way, according to productivity expert and best-selling author, Laura Stack, who lectures nationally on the benefits of work/life balance and related business topics. Stack suggested Chase add the day to its calendar in recognition of the benefits of achieving maximum workplace and personal productivity. Her idea was to get employers and their employees to agree to limit their time in the office on June 2 to eight hours, and to spend additional time they would have worked with their friends and families instead.
For the first quarter of 2009, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that U.S. workers, already the most productive in the world, saw a 1.1 percent increase in business sector productivity, and a 0.8 percent increase in the nonfarm business sector.
“Given today's economy, the eight-hour work day will probably remain a myth to working Americans for the foreseeable future,” says Stack, whose series of entertaining self-improvement business books are peppered with personal anecdotes and easy-to-follow productivity tips. "June 2nd isn't about playing hooky or ditching work sooner. It's an opportunity for people to focus on changing work patterns, adjusting priorities, and engaging in conversations to find ways to achieve work/life balance while improving workplace productivity."
Stack's most recent book is The Exhaustion Cure (Broadway Books, 2008), and she also is the creator of The Productivity Pro® planner by Day-Timer®. To help employees increase efficiency and get results in less time, Stack is giving away a free 10-part eCourse on “How to Leave the Office Earlier” to anyone who pledges support for the concept by registering at: http://www.TheProductivityPro.com/
“By implementing some simple productivity strategies and tactics, even the most overworked and overstressed people can get more done and feel good about it,” she says. "Through focused productivity, people will find they can accomplish the results they need in less time, leave the office earlier, and experience fuller lives."
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