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A 6-hour working day and flexible timetables are the key to efficiency at work

Jue, 12/04/2014 - 00:00

Last week, José Díaz Canseco, a lecturer at EAE Business School and Managing Partner of the Human Touch, was interviewed on Economízate, a programme on public television in Asturias. The TV channel offered viewers a special programme the rationalization of timetables and company culture. On the programme, our expert gave an in-depth explanation of the importance of achieving greater efficiency in your work within an optimal timetable.

José Díaz Canseco, the Asturias Delegate of the National Commission for the Rationalization of Timetables in Spain, said that “the ideal length of the working day is 6 hours, starting between seven and nine o’clock in the morning with a flexible timetable, taking a lunch break of between 45 minutes and an hour and finishing between half past four and six o’clock in the afternoon”.

Video Resumen Jose Canseco
To watch the episode of Economízate in which the EAE lecturer José Díaz Canseco took part, click on the image (Language: Spanish).

Over the course of the programme, they debated several issues, including how productivity can be improved if we change these timetables. In Canseco’s opinion, it is important to be clear that “there must first be convergence between European timetables, with the schedule for meetings being highly organized and a clear idea of what needs to be discussed. All of the participants in the meeting should know what they are going to be talking about. They should be forums for discussion, for setting criteria, not meetings that drag on endlessly or that are scheduled after five in the afternoon, which we cannot balance with our personal lives.”

One of the reasons that working on the rationalization of timetables is important is that enables us to increase work efficiency in a working day of under six hours, thereby promoting a better work-life balance.

The EAE lecturer went on to explain that “working longer hours does not mean being more productive. Rationalization has an impact of productivity, and it can be achieved with effort. The important thing is not being, but rather doing. We are talking about efficiency, not the number of hours worked”.

Lastly, they debated the topic of work attendance and being present at work. “It has a lot to do with the professional generations, veterans, baby boomers, generations X and Y, all of whom have different priorities. The last two of these groups do not place such importance on being physically present on the job. However, the other groups still do and this idea persists. They believe that being present at work and leaving after their boss is important, and this needs to change” concluded our expert.

We recommend that you "watch the full episode of Economízate of the rationalization of timetable and company culture by clicking here":https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUSLaVahiu8 .

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