Working shorter hours, such as the 4-day work week or the 6-hour workday, is not always the solution, since it could only work for certain industries.
A six-hour workday would be effective for industries such as hospitals but less effective where the borders between work and private life are blurred.
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We are too flawed to manage our own schedule, predictably irrational and consistently bad at making good decisions.
There are three reasons why we behave this way:
We are biased towards the present moment, even though we don’t like being in the present. We will prefer 100 dollars right now than 200 dollars after a year. In our work environment, present work (like a phone call) seems urgent, even though it may not be important.
To escape from the present bias, we need to commit to our future self and set up devices that force us somehow to complete important work, not getting caught up in overdoing the present moment.
We are bad at estimating the time it will take to accomplish a task, as we don’t take into account our distractions, procrastination, emergencies or delays.
To counter the planning fallacy, we need to assign blocks of time which are called ‘slacks’ by behavioural scientists that act as buffer time between the scheduled tasks. Several hours of slack time added will ensure that the work is done even if it spills over the scheduled time.
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Just after WW2, there was a rise in corporate headquarters and larger office spaces and cubicles. During this time, the 8-hour workday was established.
Then came the advancements in computers and technology that lead to remote workers of today. The internet and public WiFi allowed employees to do everything they would in their cubicle, but outside the office. They can also work all hours of the day.
4.3 million people currently work from home in the United States at least half of the time, and this figure has grown by 150% in the last 13 years.
Remote workers tend to have higher engagement rates and higher productivity levels. Once they switch to remote work, they rarely want to become office bound again.
The World Health Organization(WHO) recently recognized the symptoms of workplace burnout, with too much work wreaking havoc on our mental health, all across the world.
Surprisingly, not work...
An extensive study shows that just eight hours a week is enough for the average worker to generate significant mental health and well-being benefits.
Working between one to eight hours per week resulted in decreased risk of mental health issues, especially among people recently unemployed.
Working has some intangible benefits, called psychological vitamins, like social contact, structured routine, shared goals, enforced activity, variety and a sense of identity. Spending more time at work does not lead to an increase in the benefits.
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