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Can you work a 38-hour week and be successful?

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Can you work a 38-hour week and be successful?

In the global business environment, there are demands to be on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In many cases, it can feel like you’re giving away your life to work. So how can an ambitious executive, manager or professional juggle work and family life and get to the top?

The Australian Bureau of Statistics found that 5 million of Australia’s 7.7 million full-time workers put in more than 40 hours per week. “Of them, 1.4 million put in more than 50 hours per week... [and] around 270,000 put in more than 70 hours per week.” So can you work 38 hours per week and be successful?

Forbes asked 50 billionaires how many hours a week they worked and found over half the respondents clocked up 60 hours a week or more. This figure may seem a little disheartening however almost 30% said they work close to the recommended full-time work load of 38 hours, 10% said they only work 20 hours, while 2% only work a mere 4 hours a week.

Creating a Work/Life Balance

While around 40% of the Forbes respondents have been successful at creating a work/life balance, we know in the everyday workplace that time is being wasted on the little things. As such, perhaps you can rise to the top on a 38 hour working week if you use your time well?

Here at Phocas, we did some research on time spent per week on non-productive activities, such as looking for the right data and then reworking it. Our findings are as follows:

  • 47% of employees waste 1-2 hours per week on finding and reworking data
  • 32% of employees waste 2-4 hours per week
  • an incredible 14% of employees waste 5-10 hours waiting for, looking for, or reworking data.

So how can Phocas help put me on the right track to achieving a 38-hour work week?

We understand your issues so that’s why we keep our data solution simple. We designed our software to relieve those common frustrations to help maximize time in the workplace.

The best business intelligence tools make data easy to access, understand and act on. Phocas has 1000s of mid-market users in manufacturing, wholesale distribution, retail and e-commerce while retaining 97% of our customers.

Our customers have ranked us #1 for customer satisfaction in the BARC world survey of business intelligence users three years running.

We pre-tailor our standard solution to fit customers’ existing systems. Being out-of-the-box means Phocas is up and running at implementation, and we can quickly customize your solution further.