Against Overtime

Knowledge workers are not more productive with protracted overtime.

The negatives of overtime:

  • Reduced quality
  • Personnel burnout
  • Increased turnover of staff
  • Ineffective use of time during normal hours

Over work (or at least overtime) leads to zombie behavior and life-work imbalances that hurt overall quality and output 1.


DeMarco, T. Slack: Getting Past Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency. (Currency, 2002).