Published on June 2nd, 2014 | by admin
Today Is Leave The Office Early Day
Let’s be clear from the outset, National Leave The Office Early Day is NOT meant to encourage employees to have a leisurely afternoon and go home earlier than usual having left important tasks only half completed.
In fact, quite the opposite. Created 10 years ago, Leave The Office Early Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of working at an optimum rate in the shortest possible time. In return, there is a clear incentive to then enable employees to go home earlier than normal, so a form of positive reinforcement.
The wider issue raised by Leave The Office Early Day is striking the right work life balance which is something that both employees and employers should aspire to according to experts who have studied productivity in the workplace.
Whilst there is no doubt that technology has enabled us to be far more productive in the workplace than we were in the past, thanks in no small part to some milestone technological advancements in office equipment and the emergence of the internet, it appears there is still plenty of room for further improvement.
Created way back in 2004 by Laura Stack who is a leading expert in the field of human performance and workplace issues, Leave The Office Early Day is held on 2nd June because that happens to be her birthday.
Of course if ever there was a day in the calendar we would most like to get home as early as possible it would be on our birthday. However, to leave the office earlier than colleagues on a consistent basis means starting earlier which is fine when employers encourage flexible learning.
What’s more, a recent study by the Journal of Applied Psychology suggests that employees starting work ahead of schedule and then going home earlier are often perceived as more conscientious and hard working than their counterparts. So it’s a win, win!