If you were given the opportunity to work less than five days a week, would you agree? Most likely, you would accept it in the same second when they ask you the question. Well, we have good news because a study has shown that working four or even three days a week would be better for employees and employers. Think about it when you talk to your boss.
But before that, here’s what science says. The Melbourne Institute Worker Paper published a study that found that people over the age of 40 achieve better results at work and are more productive if they work only three days a week. Surely there are some among you who read this and think, “Well, I say that all the time!”
But how did scientists get the magic number three?
The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economics surveyed the work habits of 3,500 women and 3,000 men using several cognitive tests, which included reading, counting, operations with letters and numbers in a limited time frame, and similar tasks.
Taking the differences in quality of life, economic well-being, family structure and work status, economic experts have found that those who work an average of 25 hours a week are the most productive.
In addition, the overall cognitive ability increases until the 25th working hour, after which it begins to decrease as a result of fatigue and stress.
The work is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it stimulates brain activity, but at the same time long working hours and certain types of tasks cause fatigue and stress that potentially impair cognitive function, says economics professor Colin McKinsey.
The work week, which runs Monday through Wednesday, will be the best for everyone – both workers and employers.
Are you ready to talk about this with your boss?