A person with a one-hour commute has to earn 40 per cent more money to be as satisfied with life as someone who walks to the office.
Russia removed Saturday and Sunday from the calendar for 11 years to create a “continuous working week” from 1929 to 1940.
So instead of everyone having Saturday off, some people had Mondays off, others had Tuesdays off, others Wednesday, etc.
So your “Weekend” came at different points of the week so the factories didn’t stop. In theory, from a purely output perspective, it’s brilliant. But then you have to remember the radical notion that people are humans and these humans have lives and loved ones, so if you didn’t get the rest day on the same day as your partner you might not ever really get to spend time with them.
During the Irish Potato Famine, the poor were hired for useless construction projects called ‘famine follies’ in order to provide them with work that would not take existing work away from other workers. These included roads in the middle of nowhere, between two seemingly random points.
Remote workers are more productive than their in-office counterparts, according to 59% of employers.
Americans work more than any other major countries — 137 hours per year more than Japanese, 260 per year more than the UK, and 500 hours per year more than France.
In Manhattan, an alcoholic court stenographer repeatedly typed I hate my job instead of documenting speech during cases.
Zappos offers new employees $1,000 to quit, after just one week on the job! This strategy is used to create a team of dedicated employees who buy into the customer first culture they want to foster.
One in eight US workers have worked at McDonalds, among them are Jeff Bezos, Pink, and Jay Leno.
A Japanese company has awarded its non-smoking employees 6 extra vacation days to compensate for the smoker’s smoke breaks.
Sailors aboard submarines work 6 hour shifts so that it is easier for them to give their undivided attention to the equipment they operate during a shorter shift. The military also switched submarines from an 18-hour work day to a traditional 24-hour one, improving morale significantly.