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No More Free Overtime

Can US businesses survive without free overtime?

By Pepper Foster

Most executives within US business grew up in an era where it was expected that you would work over 40 hours a week to get ahead. Where 60-hour work weeks and all-nighters in the office were not only uncommon but expected. As a result, most US business economic models are predicated on an assumption of free overtime. However, newer generations of workers and leaders are prioritizing family and mental health and refuse to work free overtime, even if that means their careers will stall. For them, it’s not worth it. So, how will your business survive with the same cost of labor but 20% fewer hours? Analyzing the impact of reduced hours, uncovering easy-to-streamline processes, and motivating employees to go above and beyond are the critical success factors of tomorrow’s businesses.

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