WHY YOU NEED A 3 DAY WEEKEND, ACCORDING TO SCIENCE
Five days a week or 40 hours is the standard for full-time employment. Working 50 to 70 hours isn’t unheard of though. Are the extra hours worth it?
The studies and real-life examples showing the relationship between working hours and productivity might surprise you.
WE’RE OVER WORKED, AND IT’S DANGEROUS TO OUR HEALTH
Too much work causes:
- 33% increased risk of stroke
- 13% increase in heart problems
- 112% increased risk in acquiring Type 2 Diabetes
- 2X double the chances of suffering from depression and anxiety problems
AND FOR WHAT?
The extra time you spend in the office isn’t always productive.
Multiple experiments show than people can only do up to five hours of concentrated, meaningful work. The rest of the time is just wasted on:
- Emails:The average employee checks his inbox 36 times an hour.
- Meetings:Employees waste 31 hours in unproductive meetings a month—time better spent elsewhere because attendees usually:
- 39% sleep
- 47% complained
- 91% daydreamed
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, ADDING A DAY OFF IS GOOD FOR COMPANIES
Contrary to popular belief, shortening the workweek isn’t just for employees.
DO YOU WANT TO SUGGEST A 3 DAY WEEKEND TO YOUR BOSS?
Show how other companies are thriving, despite the extra day off.
KFC Japan rolled out a 3-day off initiative to fight labor shortage and retain more employees, especially stay at home moms. They quickly convinced more than 20 moms to return to work after implementing the program.
CEO Jason Fried said, “Better work gets done in four days than in five.” Basecamp employees are more focused and creative because of the compressed workweek.
SPREAD THE WORD
Share this infographic to your friends, co-workers, and even your boss. It’s time we end the misconception about long work hours and productivity. Besides, we could all use an extra day off.
Written by Tiffany McAdams