As Eric Barton explains for the BBC, part of the reason why it can be hard to get a full commitment from employees is that commitment is often still measured in terms of total hours worked. Since sleep deprivation costs American businesses $63 billion annually according to Harvard, we need to rethink the situation. One way to reframe commitment is to simply set specific goals for employees to hit. These goals should connect directly to outcomes that improve the business. Employees should further be expected to set personal goals for their own improvement. Of course, every business sets goals for people to hit; the difference here is on the explicit emphasis that “hitting goals equals job devotion.” Exciting goals whose success will be shared by individuals and the business makes for greater productivity.
You can view the full article here: http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20130813-fewer-hours-better-workers