If you can reduce your working week to one day?

If you can reduce your working week to one day?

Some governments and employers are experimenting by introducing a four-day work week and trying to prove that less time spent in the office, improve the efficiency of labour and creates the right balance between work and personal life. But as far as possible to reduce the working week? How about a day?


If you work full-time, then it is very likely that you spend in the office five days a week, at least eight hours a day.

And, of course, many of us work much more. Here’s Elon Musk in a recent interview with New York Times opened the heart and admitted that working 120 hours a week and hasn’t taken a vacation longer than a week already since 2001. How is he with the proverbial balance between work and personal life?

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And because scientific studies confirm that long hours spent in the workplace, have not so many advantages, they make us less productive and more unhappy life.

Experiments have been started around the world: reduce working hours, trying to help people achieve a harmonious combination of “work-house”.

Naturally, it is of great interest: for example, a recent attempt to reduce the working week to four days in New Zealand hit the headlines around the world.

But why stop at four days? Why not make a three-day working week? Maybe two days? What if we work for half a day a week? What is the optimum duration of our everyday work?

Experiment with four working days

Perpetual Guardian — attorney company from New Zealand. It was there decided to try to withdraw from the working week all day.

Here’s how it went: in may, the company management has asked its 240 employees work two four-day weeks (eight hours a day). At the same pay as five days a week.

At the end of the experiment, researchers from Oxford and Auckland technological universities interviewed employees. 24% of them said that the balance “work-house” has improved, while 7% decrease in stress.

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Meanwhile, the company said that the overall productivity is not decreased during the four days people were able to make not less than five.

And the service, dealing directly with clients ‘ requests, even began to work better, highlights Garret Haar, Professor of management and human resources Auckland University of technology, who oversaw the experiment:

In the beginning, their boss said if I do not get to maintain 100% productivity, then four days the firm will return to five. So the staff was good motivation.

Similar experiments are conducted not only in the southern hemisphere. In 2016 the city administration Reykjavik (Iceland) announced the results of annual studies in which the number of municipal agencies each working week has reduced by about half.

As a result, costs and labor productivity remained at the same level, despite the fact that people spent in the office less time.

Did something like this in Sweden: experiments were carried out in different work organizations — from startups to nursing homes (particularly in Svartedalen, institution for the care of the elderly where staff have been asked to work 32 hours per week).

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In Japan, where death from regular processing — the usual case, the government introduced the so-called “bright Monday” when employers allow workers one Monday a month to come to work later.

Improving the balance between work and personal life saves companies money, as satisfied employees less likely to change jobs, specifies Jan Emmanuel De Neuve, associate Professor of Economics and strategy business school, Saïd at Oxford University.