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Title: Three-day workweek is the most productive for employees
Source: Kansas City Star
URL Source: http://www.kansascity.com/news/nati ... world/article97616417.html#fmp
Published: Aug 25, 2016
Author: Kate Irby
Post Date: 2016-08-25 09:48:39 by Willie Green
Keywords: None
Views: 489
Comments: 13

Time to let your boss know: A study shows employees function best in a three-day work week.

Japanese researchers analyzed the employment habits and cognitive test scores for 3,000 Australian men and 3,500 women, all over the age of 40. They found working 25 hours per week achieved the best test scores.

“Work can be a double edged sword, in that it can stimulate brain activity, but at the same time, long working hours and certain types of tasks can cause fatigue and stress which potentially damage cognitive functions,” the study says. “Thus, the degree of intellectual stimulation of work may depend on the required task and working hours, that is, the quality and the quantity of work.”

The researchers theorize that the lower number of work hours are more necessary for people over the age of 40 so they avoid burnout after already spending decades in the workforce.

The study measured cognitive function with scores on three tests, which included reading words aloud, reciting lists of numbers and linking letters and numbers in a certain pattern under time pressure.

There was little difference in the study’s findings between men and women for peak cognitive function, but there were in other areas.

Women’s cognitive peaks tended to be higher than men’s on all three tests, however, women’s cognitive function dropped off more quickly than men’s after they worked a certain number of hours. For both sexes, not working any hours was associated with a comparably low cognitive level, and men could work between 55 and 60 hours per week before their cognitive function dropped lower than if they were working no hours at all. For women, the number of working hours that produced the same result was between 45 and 50.

“It is found that working hours up to 25–30 hours per week have a positive impact on cognition for males depending on the measure and up to 22–27 hours for females,” the study concludes. “After that, working hours have a negative impact on cognitive functioning.”

The study did not look at younger age groups, so it’s unclear if the results would be the same for all ages or if millennials could work longer hours without mental burnout.


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#1. To: Willie Green (#0)

"Three-day workweek is the most productive for employees"

New study: "Seven-day workweek is the most productive for employers".

You know. The ones with the money? The ones signing the paychecks?

misterwhite  posted on  2016-08-25   10:23:40 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Willie Green (#0)

WOW. I would give my business away and work for someone else if they go to 3 day work week. But how long before all those business go broke when they have to double their financial burden and get half the productions!

60hr work week is what I normally work now. Im getting too old to work 60hrs plus any more for the pay in this crappy economy!

Justified  posted on  2016-08-25   10:48:15 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Willie Green (#0)

A few years ago my employer went to a four-day week, 10 hours per day. It went quite well but they changed it back when we got a new owner.

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

"America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards."

Deckard  posted on  2016-08-25   11:12:30 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Willie Green (#0)

"It is found that working hours up to 25–30 hours per week have a positive impact on cognition ..."

But if you cram those 25-30 per week into three days, aren't we right back where we started?

misterwhite  posted on  2016-08-25   11:23:50 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Deckard (#3)

" my employer went to a four-day week, 10 hours per day. It went quite well "

When I was at the phone co, we did that. It worked good. The co was happy, and the employees were happy.

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if you look around, we have gone so far down the the rat hole, the almighty is going to have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah, if we don't have a judgement come down on us.

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Stoner  posted on  2016-08-25   11:32:51 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Deckard (#3)

A few years ago my employer went to a four-day week, 10 hours per day.

I know some guys who have (or had) similar work schedules. Those with 30 or 40 mile one-way commutes enjoyed their fuel savings back when Dumbya was prez and gas prices were way high for Cheney's pocketbook.

Fred Mertz  posted on  2016-08-25   11:46:10 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Justified (#2)

I would give my business away and work for someone else if they go to 3 day work week.

Why not just hire more workers at the same or lower wages?

9 employees @ 40 hours per week equals 360 man-hours.

Hire 3 more for a total of 12, each working 30 hours per week and you still have workers putting in the same amount of hours.

Also - when employees work less than 40 hours per week, you are not required to offer health insurance.

So you are actually spending less money for the same production.

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

"America is at that awkward stage. It's too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards."

Deckard  posted on  2016-08-25   12:51:22 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: Deckard (#7)

Really?

People are already under paid and you want to slash their pay so they can have more time off?

Then the employer will have to hire more people and pay out more benefits.

This is a no win for private business in this. Everything would cost more which would cause business owners to dump American works for illegal aliens who would work from dust till dawn.

Justified  posted on  2016-08-25   14:12:41 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Deckard, Justified (#7)

Hire 3 more for a total of 12, each working 30 hours per week and you still have workers putting in the same amount of hours.

The savings would be much greater having the employees working part-time at 29 hours a week. Some U.S. companies are doing just that. More will be joining the party. There will be screams about a living wage and health care.

nolu chan  posted on  2016-08-25   15:09:59 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Willie Green (#0)

It seems not many people have heard of productivity, the idea that you can get the same work with less hours. Unfortunately employers have always want to translate this into more effort without more pay, but this study demonstrates what we all know, the longer you work the more fatigue takes over. In a study I did 50 years ago I observed that there is a perfect inverse relationship between productivity and hours worked

paraclete  posted on  2016-08-25   18:59:18 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: nolu chan, Deckard (#9)

Hire 3 more for a total of 12, each working 30 hours per week and you still have workers putting in the same amount of hours.

The savings would be much greater having the employees working part-time at 29 hours a week. Some U.S. companies are doing just that. More will be joining the party. There will be screams about a living wage and health care

You and I know that it would not take long until the febs would demand 20 be the new 40. That way the all business would be forced to pay living wage with full benefits to part timers while production goes down because everyone is thinking about how they are going to fill their week of not working.

There is nothing wrong with 40 hrs a week, 8hrs days 5 days a week. I dream of those days!!!

Justified  posted on  2016-08-26   8:28:30 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: Justified (#11)

You and I know that it would not take long until the febs would demand 20 be the new 40.

I was referring to the one hour difference between the employer being required to cover Obamacare for a full time employee (30 hours) or avoid Obamacare for a part time employee (29 hours). If an employer is going to 30, he will almost certainly go one more to 29 and save a bunch under current law.

nolu chan  posted on  2016-08-26   13:45:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: nolu chan (#12)

I was referring to the one hour difference between the employer being required to cover Obamacare for a full time employee (30 hours) or avoid Obamacare for a part time employee (29 hours). If an employer is going to 30, he will almost certainly go one more to 29 and save a bunch under current law.

I get it.

I have to assume everyone is naive to the progressive ways and spell out reality of the situation. Someone that is not as savvy as us will read the post and think gee thats a great idea when it would stop what little is left of the American economy in its track.

Justified  posted on  2016-08-26   14:11:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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