Does spending more time in the office always means working more?Nowadays we commonly hear people talking about work stress and spending long hours at the office. While there may be genuine reasons for it in some cases but still a question always arises - Does spending more time in office essentially means working more? Is it always needed?
Sometimes I have seen breaks at the workplace turn out to be an employee chit chat and time pass occasion. Due to this tea breaks go up to half an hour to forty-five minutes and the lunch break for one and half hours to two hours. Apart from this, we see employees checking their facebook and personal emails in between work. The end result is that they end up staying late to complete their work.
Few people enjoy more in office than at home and hence leave office late. For example, for young bachelors staying away from family there is no better place than the office. They get free internet, tea/coffee/snacks, AC, why will they want to leave office? Even for some men with family, they feel more comfortable at the office than home. They know once they reach home they will be bogged with kids studies, wife's grocery list, going to market etc so better stay at the office which is kind of running away from family responsibilities.
In this respect, I appreciate the work culture of foreign countries in America, Europe etc when compared to India. They work with full focus at the office without much here and there, utilize their time in office to fullest, complete their work and leave for home on time. Their office time is for office and non-office time and weekends is for their family. Should we take leaf out of their book and improve our work culture?