Which is better, a four or five-day work week? Is a shorter work week more productive?
So that people can have more extra time for themselves and their families?
I work 4 days often, but in return, I work from 9am till 9.30 pm so that all of the hours can be fit in. It is beneficial because you get 3 days off, but it is very tiring!
If you are exhausted after cramming extra hours into a shorter work week, it sort of defeats the purpose. And then there is the over time to think about. Where will they make you put it? Over the years I have done both and the extra day off seemed good at the time, but even though I was young in those days I was too tired to enjoy the extra day off. I work five now and have regular sleep periods. Rested does make you enjoy life a little more. Your body will thank you.
Personally, I say 4 day week. For me, when I'm at work, I'm at work. Staying 2 extra hours is no biggie. Just the fact that it's a work day makes me indifferent. Having an extra day off just makes it that much more amazing!
I wish I could work four days a week. I think it would definitely be worth any additional work just to have that extra time off to get things done. As it is, the hours I work Monday through Friday prevent me from being able to get most of my errands done without having to take time off. My boyfriend used to work only four days a week and loved it.
I never work more than 4 hours a day, 4 days in a week. I'm restricted by my doctor to work more because I am Bipolar.
I can't handle 'normal' workdays/weeks because of the amount of stress and over the years it has been proven he's right.
When I overdo it....I begin to show signs of an upcoming episode in terms of mania. Lucky enough I receive a pension for disabled people to compensate the loss of income.
I worked a four day work week for over fifteen years and I loved it. My hours were 7am to 5pm Monday thru Thursday. If the workload was heavy we could work overtime on Fridays, for the whole day or a few hours. I loved having a three day weekend to spend time with family and doing fun activities.
With my company, I work on a project week system. Projects are assigned on Monday and due no later than Friday at 5pm. You work at your own pace until you're finished, and are paid by the project, not the hour. If you're done by Wednesday, then you can turn it in and take the rest of the week off, or start another project to boost your earnings.
When we used to do the traditional "40 hour work week"; productivity was no where near what it is now, and scheduling was a nightmare. Now, scheduling is a breeze because there are only a couple people who still have "traditional hours". People are motivated to actually "work" when they're at work now, and things have never run better, I'd never go back.
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