Monday, August 11, 2008

Four-day Workweek? Please!

Stay at your job longer by spending fewer days there.

Brigham Young University has wrapped up their study on the effects of a 4-day work week recently adopted by government employees. Note that this means fewer days at the office, not less time, as participants would work 10 hour days to complete a 40-hour work week in just 4 days instead of the usual 5.

More than 60% of the participating employees reported higher productivity, and most cited a reduction of conflicts at home as the major factor allowing them to get more done at work. I would be interested in seeing whether productivity was actually affected, or whether the participating employees just thought that they were better workers.

Maybe on their days off, they can spend some time walking. Nah, probably not.

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