Nowadays, we are all part of a charmed circle where we spend most of our time working to buy more, and in fact we ended up having less time to enjoy life.
The standard 40 hour-work is the norm in numerous companies, but it seems that it is not the secret to overall productivity. People often need a few more hours free in order to prevent fatigue, work better, and be healthier.
Therefore, a lot of employers became aware of the need of rest and adopt shorter work days in order to stimulate their employees, boost productivity, and support their well-being.
Psychologists have analyzed productivity in people and found that people can do only 4-5 hours of productive work daily. Apparently, their performance reaches its peak, then it begins to stall, and afterward, people start to suffer.
Anders Ericsson, an expert on the psychology of work, says that if you will trigger the development of bad habits if you push people beyond the time they can really concentrate maximally, and these habits will then affect the time of productive work as well.
Apparently, despite the reduced productivity due to excessive work, people also make more mistakes at work. According to the findings of a 2014 paper from Stanford University, results start to slide around the 50-hour per week mark, and people were producing less.
Additionally, the Families and Work Institute conducted a study which showed that people who feel overworked made more mistakes.
Researchers also studied nurses who worked long hours and found a link between work duration and adverse events and errors. Apparently, adverse events and error variables were linked to working more than 40 hours in the average week.
Since 2006, when Ryan Carson, CEO of Treehouse, decided to institute a 32 hour-work week, back in 2006, the employees became happier and far more productive, so the company currently makes millions of dollars in revenue.
Also, in 2013, Reusser Design switched to a four-day work week and the company founder, Nate Reusser, claims that their employees perform much better now.
According to the survey published in the monthly labor review, 28 percent of respondents said that they would give up one day worth of pay for one more free day in the week.
Overworking leads to a decrease in productivity, but it also endangers health.
Japanese researchers found that workers in small and medium sized businesses who worked ten hours daily and slept only six hours per night had a 97% higher risk of depression in comparison to people who worked only six to eight hours daily.
Excessive hours of work reduce our ability to focus and we start making mistakes while working, as our mind and bodies become tired. Rest is crucial to our body and vital for overall health, so there is no doubt that a four-day work week can benefit both, our minds and our health.