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Taking time off helps productivity

Harvard Business Review has a interesting article on how to improve productivity of consulting teams: make the consultants take more time off.

Professional services firms typically have a 24/7 on-call culture. But one management consulting company is getting better results by experimenting with downtime—even in this economy.

Some interesting titbits:

  • More than 50% of the consultants surveyed (at BCG) work more than 65 hours a week
  • All the consultants in the “forced time off” experiment wanted their next case/engagement to one with a similar staffing / time off structure
  • Consultants in the “experiment” teams reported greater job satisfaction, better long term career track and better work/life balance.

The one “challenge” that I can see is that this method calls for all the consultants to be on engagement at 80% of the time and for the team to be bolstered by additional resources. The payoff, however suggests that partners everywhere should take a closer look if they want to avoid burn-out and not loose their key resources.

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