Please don’t work over 40 hours a week

serps devs
Working late? That’s cool…but take a day off next week please.

I have a myriad of little rules I try to apply at our fledgling startup:

  • Avoid meetings if at all possible.
  • Intercept the UPS guy before he interrupts the devs.
  • Default to ‘Yes!’ on most requests (“can we get this snack for the office?” “Yes!”)

The one unwritten one, now written, is this:

Please don’t work more than 40 hours a week.

I’m a big believer in constraints. Twitter forces you to convey thoughts concisely. I think limiting hours does the same. Plus countless studies show a decline in productivity after 40 hours.

It’s a good rule for the employee, and ultimately a win for the company in the long run.

The hour limit isn’t set in stone (we don’t count hours). But if one week you end up working an evening or an extra weekend day, it’s expected that you’ll take a day off the next week, or a half day at least.

If working smart and sane hours on software customers┬álove sounds up your alley, we’re hiring another generalist engineer here in sunny Portland.

* Note: this 40-hour limit doesn’t apply to myself and probably is tough for other founders as well. I still haven’t found a way to work less than 40/week…running SERPs rarely feels like work, so I’m exempting myself.

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