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The case for a shorter workweek

bbc.com

Reevaluating the modern workplace

The pandemic has forced us to take a hard look at the modern workplace.

Options such as all-remote or hybrid are becoming part of work mainstream. Another idea is shrinking the workweek. Proponents argue that the reduced hours working model can address current work ...

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An argument for a shorter workweek

The standard workweek of 40 hours is not set up for efficiency. Energy cannot be sustained for a solid eight hours per day.

  • A 2014 study suggested productivity drops after working 50 hours a week.
  • Other experts suggest that 35 hours is the optimal work time bef...

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Benefits of a shorter workweek

Working fewer hours leads to happier, healthier, and more engaged workforces.

  • Shorter hours allow people to feel more rested and better able to juggle caring needs.
  • A 2021 study found that reduced working hours kept burnout, boreout and depression at ba...

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There are different models for a shorter workweek. The four-day week reduce working hours by 20%. Everyone at a company might take the same day off, or people can take two afternoons off. Or, the workweek can be reduced from 40 to 36 hours. Importantly is that salaries remain the same.

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