The Modern Workplace is Unproductive

Lately I’ve been feeling totally overwhelmed at work. Long hours. Taking work home almost every night. Continual to-do lists running through my mind. Why on earth do I have so much work?!

And I know I am not alone. This is the same problem thousands of students, young workers and experienced professionals face every day.

Are 40-hour work weeks becoming passe?

A co-worker shared an interesting video with me the other day by Jason Fried, Co-Founder and President of 37signals. Fried says, “With its constant commotion, unnecessary meetings, and infuriating wastes of time, the modern workplace makes us all work longer, less focused hours.”

His take on the modern work place is humorous, insightful and memorable. If you have ever worked in any sort of office setting, or even seen The Office, you will appreciate Fried’s thinking. This same concept can be applied whether you’re in the workplace–or writing a paper, studying for an exam or filling out job applications.

In this video, he explains how the workplace is optimized for interruptions, why we can’t work at work and how to change this. I don’t think he has all the answers, but it at least got me thinking about the way I structure my day.

What do you think? Is the workplace really designed for unproductivity? What are your time management tips?


Cassie is a May 2009 University of Wisconsin-Madison Ag Journalism graduate. She recently joined SPARK Advertising in Neenah, Wis. as a full-time public relations specialist. Find Cassie on TwitterBrazenCareerist, and LinkedIn.

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