Reevaluating the modern workplace

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 negatives and make employees more productive, happier and healthier.

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The case for a shorter workweek

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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 bay.
  • A 2017 study showed reducing working hours by 25% improved sleep and lowered stress.
  • A 1990 study showed working only six hours a day improved workers' family lives.
  • A 2019 study found happy workers are 13% more productive.

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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.

Shorter working hours won't work for every role in every industry. While experts urge to exercise caution when implementing these models, they also think now could be the best time to try.

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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 before productivity starts to decline.

Research shows people get more done when they work fewer hours. One high-profile study in Iceland found that productivity remained the same or improved when working either 35 or 36 hour weeks.

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Past predictions about the average working hours

Nearly a century ago, British economist John Keynes predicted this generation would only work 15 hours a week.

In 1890, workers worked an average of 60 hours per week. By 1890, the average working hours dropped to 37. However, by the 1970s, the downward trend of working hours had turned around, and today, American workers average 47 work hours in a week.

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Researchers said we'd only need to work 15 hours/week. What happened?

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Among the factors contributing to this were 
  • poor work-life balance
  • workers feeling underappreciated in their positions 
  • and 
  • people feeling obligated to respond to colleagues at all times, due to communication apps.

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13 ways you can be happier at work, according to career experts

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Training, culture fit, autonomy—and even free coffee—are key elements of how your people approach each workday and collaboration overall.

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8 steps for improving employee engagement

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