The good and the bad of a shorter week

A FOUR-DAY working week. It’s the thing of dreams for most workers and is an idea catching on by some employers believing it creates a better work-life balance and more productive employees. 

The idea is that workers have long hours for fewer days of the week. It can reduce overhead costs of businesses and commuting costs for employees with big companies such as Amazon and Google already testing the four-day concept. 

Many of the pilot programs have shown promising results in terms of productivity and job satisfaction, however some experts claim a shorter working week could be bad for your health.

The main problem is that whatever work needs to be done, needs to get done. This can lead to extra pressure on workers to cram more work into fewer days.

Longer hours to cover this extra day off can also result in a higher amount of fatigue and stress. There is also evidence to show that industrial accidents are raised by 37 per cent for employees working more than 12 hours in a day.

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