“Our best work never comes when we’re stressed and maxed out. It’s intuitive but research points to it, too. When you move to a four-day workweek with strong boundaries around when work starts and stops, employees are often more creative and more productive.”
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A five-day, 40-hour workweek may work well when output is measured by items coming down an assembly line, but productivity is different when it comes to knowledge work.
The pandemic disrupted standard ways of working and created an experiment where companies learned that productivity isn’t measured by hours in a chair.
Most of us have heard of Parkinson’s Law, which says that work expands to fill the time available for its completion. Adopting four-day workweek forces you to examine what you’re doing and drop the things you should not be spending time doing.
No supervisor wants to look like they made numbers drop due to an experiment. They want credit for being innovative.
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.
Balancing work obligations with meaningful family time is an important part of building a successful evening routine.
An evening routine starts with family time. Tackle some to-do’s later on from your dedicated workspace. Leave some time for unstructured brainstorming or reflection too.
If you want to free up your Friday and have it as a day of uninterrupted time that you can use however you’d like, you have to evaluate your weekly priorities and keep a close eye on your schedule.
Avoid to schedule meetings or other important things and keep on the table just casual stuff - a networking coffee get-together for example.
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