In today’s business world, it’s almost universally assumed that you can boost corporate productivity by encouraging and expecting your salaried employees to work as many hours as possible per day. Research says otherwise. Long work hours create stress, and stressed employees get sick more often, make expensive mistakes, become increasingly discouraged, and eventually leave. Unfortunately, despite all the evidence that our “cult of overwork” is both ineffective and destructive, few executives are brave enough to buck the conventional wisdom. It’s necessary to make sure that no stone is left unturned and this should not be over emphasized.