How does a financial analyst clock in 70 hours and expect to be productive?

“Peopleware,” “The Mythical Man Month,” and various studies have suggested a loss of productivity in work weeks lasting longer than 40 hours. So how does a financial analyst clock in 70 hours and expect to be productive?

Easy.

  • The 40 hours refers to the activities using the ‘pre-front cortex’ - i.e critical thinking. Basically the stuff that’s ‘hard’
  • If you excise all ‘dead time’ in the office
    • Waiting for meetings
    • Meetings where you don’t participate
    • Waiting on other people to complete a task
    • Toilet, food, travel (from/to work/meetings)
  • Then excise anything that involves repetitive tasks
    • Data entry
    • Formatting
    • ‘Copy-paste’ work

It probably gets us closer to the 40 hours.

Note: Financial Analysts HAVE to clock in 70 hours. The heavyweights (the kings and queens of the chess board) will work a regular 50-60 hours. Some analysts will put in up to 100 hours+ (the pawns - knights depending upon rank)

Note also:

Productivity decreases but it doesn’t STOP.

So analysts are still getting things done. Even when ‘brain dead’

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