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Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Shorter work week boosts productivity and motivation

It’s not rocket science: People who work a four-day week instead of five report more productivity, more motivation, and less burnout, reports Reuters. Companies based as far apart as Germany, Japan, New Zealand, and Britain are advocating for a shift to a shorter work week. As the tech we use at work made its way into our personal lives, an increased number of people find themselves working longer hours, without necessarily yielding better results. “A recent survey of 3,000 employees in eight countries including the United States, Britain, and Germany found that nearly half thought they could easily finish their tasks in five hours a day if they did not have interruptions, but many are exceeding 40 hours a week anyway,” the newswire says.

Advocates of the shift to a shorter work-week point to the benefits for those struggling to balance their professional and personal lives, and suggest that reducing the number of days people work each week would create a natural place for robots and AI to be integrated into the workforce without replacing humans. Employees are also likely to be more focused if their working hours are reduced, since they will feel the need to complete the same workload in less time.

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