We have all heard the age-old proverb “Time Equals Money.” While its traditional meaning implies that time void of distraction will result in higher profit gains, a new interpretation of the adage is striking a chord with those who still work typical eight-hour days.
According to Stephan Aarstol’s five-hour workday theory, employees in most industries only spend an average of five out of the required eight hours working productively. The other three hours are spent checking email, social media, taking breaks – and more non-work related tasks.
So, why are more offices not finding and implementing ways to help their employees win back their work weeks by reducing office hours? With an abundance of productivity tools available, employees can be more efficient in their business work, taking three or four hours instead of a time-stealing eight to do the same tasks.
Amazing changes can occur when employees have more time in their days to spend outside the office, whether that entails spending time with friends and family, exercising or just kicking back with a good book. Employees can immediately change their attitude and become more productive at work, while companies can often see significant increases in their growth.
In an effort to test this theory, Stephan Aarstol, co-founder and CEO of Tower Paddle Boards, cut his employees’ workday down to five hours. With more pressure to perform in less time, his employees had to quickly adapt to the idea of using their time wisely and efficiently – if they did not, they would be let go.
Businesses will begin to ask how they too can structure a reduced workweek for their employees. Providing the tools employees need to cutting back nonproductive time is a great place to start.
Less Waiting, More Doing
Samsung developed its line of MultiXpress printers with speed, fluidity and efficiency at the core. Having adequate office printing solutions that provide mobility as well as ultra-fast and professional-quality printing will give freedom back to employees, allowing them to get more out of their days.
With speed comes more time – time that can be used to do other tasks. Samsung’s MultiXpress printers take speed to a whole new dimension with a powerful quad-core CPU, the industry’s first quad-core 1.5 GHz CPU with System-on-chip technology. These powerful printers are twice as fast as conventional dual-core based multi-function printers (MFPs), meaning staff spend considerably less time waiting for large document files to print.
Offices will benefit from other useful features like faster dual scanning. The Dual-Scan Document Feeder scans both sides of a document simultaneously, and is capable of scanning up to 160 images per minute.
Small- and medium-sized enterprises also reap significant speed and efficacy benefits from the Business Core 2.0 suite, such as extended compatibility, lower installation and maintenance costs, reduced printing costs and improved printing practice monitoring – as well as improved security and cloud connection options.
What is more, the Android-based Smart UX Center allows you to customize your company’s printing options. Use it to add apps that will help save your staff even more time. You can find a range of productivity-boosting programs (both free and paid) on the Printer App store, not only from Samsung, but also from approved third-party developers.
Aarstol mentions that allowing employees to work less hours while accomplishing more forces employees to identify and make use of a variety of productivity tools. The intuitive Android-based tablet, equipped with the Smart UX Center, offers an array of productivity aids specifically designed to reduce the time and energy needed to print.
Leave the Balancing Act to the Acrobats
Achieving a positive work-life balance is essential for reducing stress, boosting long-term employment and increasing overall happiness. However, this does not mean that finding balance should be difficult – it should feel normal and become second nature after a while, altering the way we plan our workdays.
Samsung Printing Solutions’ innovative offering of productivity tools and professional printers for both home and office environments can be a starting point that allows your company to reclaim lost hours. And doing this can be the start that see you improve you and your staff’s work-life balance.
Although not every business and office is yet ready to switch to five-hour work days, the idea is nonetheless an admirable one. Offering your employees time – the most precious of commodities – can have an enormously positive impact on the way your company does business.