A 4-day workweek would increase productivity by over 20%!

I don't know a whole lot of people who wouldn't jump at the opportunity to work a 4-day week and still get paid for 40 hours. If I could, I'd happily do 4 10-hour days and have 3-day weekends every week.

And it turns out, this is actually a really good idea, not just for employees, but for businesses too. A financial services company in New Zealand switched from a regular five-day work week to a four-day work week back in November, and two universities monitored how it turned out.

The answer: It was a massive success!

The workers were 20% more productive on the four days they were at the office, so the company didn't see any drop in the total amount of work getting done, even though they were working less hours.

And the staff's stress levels dropped from 45% to 38% . . . and work-life balance scores went up from 54% to 78%.

The CEO of the company says, quote, "This is an idea whose time has come. We need to get more companies to give it a [try]. They'll be surprised at the improvement in their company, their staff, and in their wider community." 

Good luck convincing your boss to do this!

[Guardian]

 

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