I saw this post on LinkedIn, and thought it was intriguing: Why Germans Work Fewer Hours but Produce More: A Study in Culture. After all, who doesn't want to work fewer hours yet produce more?
Then another article caught my eye: How the Supposedly Lazy French are More Productive Than Germans.
This article stated “According to OECD data from 2011, French worker productivity stands at $57.7 worth of output per hour, while German’s is $55.8 and the United Kingdom’s is $47.2.”
What I got from both articles is that these cultures work when they work, and keep their working time to reasonable limits.
Good advice for all of us, I think.