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Working fewer hours

Shorter working weeks have been tried in New Zealand and Sweden, where they resulted in happier, healthier and more motivated employees. Those who work shorter weeks reported that they were more productive.

But for many workers, the feasibility of a three-day weekend depends on whether they can afford to skip a shift. Businesses may also find a four-day work burdensome because the overall output is reduced.

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In the Western world, a five-day working week has been the norm for less than a century.

  • The Reformation carved out Sunday as a holy day in Europe.
  • 19th-century bosses started granting a half-day holiday on Saturdays.
  • Industrialists such as Henry Ford pioneered ...

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