While conversations over the domestic economy tend to focus on the macro-level (tax cuts, outsourcing, policies that impact small business), we often neglect to look at the equally critical goings-on within the workplace. We forget that the unique relationships among employers, employees, culture, and structure occurring daily in the office directly impacts the amount and quality of work being done there. Therefore, on par with any macro-economic policy touted by our presidential hopefuls, these micro-level dynamics are fundamentally indicative of the nation’s economic productivity.
So the question is: what creates the most productive workplace?
Harvard Business School lecturer, Robert C. Pozen, argues that for too long the answer has been time. It is an antiquated and specious notion that equates longer working hours with greater effort and success.