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Working hours adapt to the biological clock, making people more efficient

  • Author:Max Lin
  • Release on :2017-06-07


If you're not a morning person, chances are you've tried arguing with your boss to try and start work later.
And now, new research has confirmed your long-held belief. You really would be better off having some extra time in bed.
Bosses would have much more productive employees if they were allowed to do their job during their peak hours, scientists suggest.
This depends on what time someone functions best at, be it a morning person or a so-called 'night owl', according to University of Sydney researchers.
Study author Stefan Volk told the Sydney Morning Herald that making work flexible to each person's body clock would be more efficient.
He said: 'These physiological differences matter a lot in the work context and we have to understand how it affects teams.
'When people are different, it can be positive or negative depending on the specific task they are performing.
'If members of a surgical team are different chronotypes, that is not ideal.'
Circadian rhythm, also known as the internal body clock, control everyone's periods of activity and rest.
The researchers used this information to determine the 'chronotype diversity' of the volunteers in the study.
They noted how the productivity levels of the workers were completely dependent on this.
In their study, they came across three types of employees, suited best to either morning, evening or intermediate shifts.
The latter were defined as those whose work output reached maximum levels at around midday. After assessing how this affects the performance of a team, they found it to have negative effects in a workplace.

Mismatched circadian rhythms were noted to affect coordination, potentially dangerous for those who work in teams, such as surgeons.
However, in some occupations, where sustained attention is required, it could be beneficial for employees.
The findings were published in the journal the Academy of Management Review.

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