Contrary to what you might expect, those with more control over their work schedule work more than those with less control. In fact, people have a tendency to work more overtime hours once they are allowed to work flexibly, compared to when they were not.
Alexandra Michel is a Professor at Penn’s Graduate School of Education and an ethnographer who has studied the work practices of investment bankers for fifteen years. Instead of asking whether work gets done when people have autonomy over their schedules, she’s been looking at why overwork occurs—and what the consequences are. She recently spoke with 1 Million for Work Flexibility about her research.
A new study from the Center for WorkLife Law reports on this phenomenon in the legal profession. The report identifies over 50 entrepreneurial businesses that offer lawyers jobs with better work-life balance than large law firms offer. Big Law, meet New Law.