David Edmondson lied on his resume to get a position as a Vice President of Marketing at RadioShack in the 90’s. He worked his way up over 11 years to become CEO and resigned in disgrace after it was revealed his resume was falsified.
Back in 1965 a Senate subcommittee predicted that we’d enjoy 2-hour work weeks by the year 2000. However, In 1991, the average American worker put in 163 more hours on the job than in 1973, according to the sociologist Juliet Schor, the author of “The Overworked American.”
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.