We know that you’re one of those employees who doesn’t really like the idea of Monday mornings and your mood starts showing low signs right from Sunday evening? You actually count the number of days left for Friday and the thought of Friday night delights your mood for a while? Well, if you can relate to all that has been stated above, there’s this ray of hope that’s likely to befall.
This year’s World Economic Forum’s meet at Davos in Switzerland made everyone spell-bound when two experts suggested lessening the number of working days in a week to just four. This would actually be fruitful for both the employees and companies, as according to them. Yes, you’re wide awake and you read it right! Imagine grinding from Monday to Thursday only and having a three-day long weekend. OMG!
Adam Grant, a psychologist from the Wharton School in Pennsylvania opined that reducing the number of working hours can improve a worker’s productivity and creativity levels. "I think we have some good experiments showing that if you reduce work hours, people are able to focus their attention more effectively, they end up producing just as much, often with higher quality and creativity, and they are also more loyal to the organisations that are willing to give them the flexibility to care about their lives outside of work," said Adam.
Economist and historian Rutger Bregman, who is also the author of Utopia for Realists, raised his thumb on this subject and described it with the example of legendary Henry Ford. He shared, “For decades, all the major economists, philosophers, sociologists, they all believed, up until the 1970s, that we would be working less and less. In the 1920s and 1930s, there were actually major capitalist entrepreneurs who discovered that if you shorten the working week, employees become more productive. Henry Ford, for example, discovered that if he changed the working week from 60 hours to 40 hours, his employees would become more productive, because they were not that tired in their spare time.”
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