Most of us are hardwired to believe that it is better to work harder and longer. However, what if you were told working fewer hours holds the key to corporate success?
Some organizations find four-day work weeks more productive as it leads to job satisfaction and facilitates employee retention. The idea of a four-day work week was put forward by Walter Reuther who was the leader of American labor union. However, a majority of employers do not find the idea very appealing and are reluctant to buy in.
Many people have successfully argued in favor of four-day work weeks, as a great means to retain top notch female talent. These women may, otherwise, quit their job to have kids. Working mothers, in particular, throughout the country are increasingly, negotiating four-day work weeks.
For example, in 2008 when four-day work weeks were introduced in Utah for a lot of state employees, there was a marked increase in productivity as well as employee satisfaction. Multiple experiments and research studies have revealed that employees can stay focused for only 4 or 5 consecutive hours at work before they lose concentration. After this peak performance level, employee productivity flatlines, or at times even suffers.
The success of a four-day work week is not rooted in the idea that employees get more family time, more time for entertainment, or even less work — it is just living a healthier and more balanced life. Another great thing about a four-day work week is that it can save the public resources that were used to cool, heat or power the buildings.
In addition, this change can also improve employee morale. Workers tend to enjoy the additional day off along with the easier commutes. This is because they do not have to slog through rush-hour traffic. Visit HealthIQ.com to find out more about four-day work weeks and lifestyle improvements.