A Shorter Work Week: Less Days = More Productivity for 40+ Crowd

by | Dec 20, 2018

A Shorter Work Week: Less Days = More Productivity for 40+ CrowdWant a shorter work week? Science is on your side.

According to a report published in the Melbourne Institute Worker Paper people over forty are most productive when they work three days a week or less.

During the study researchers followed three thousand male and three thousand female volunteers. They were asked to complete cognitive tests while having their work habits, memory, executive reasoning and abstract reasoning analyzed.

Cognitive tests included reading backwards, reading out loud and matching numbers and letters under a tight deadline. The study found performance improved as people increased their working hours up to twenty-five. Anything past that and numbers began to decline in male and female test subjects.

Researchers say work can be a double-edged sword in that it can stimulate brain activity but longer hours can cause fatigue and stress, which slows everything down. They say some countries are looking at raising retirement ages by delaying the age at which people can receive benefits.

And while there’s nothing wrong with working longer, researchers say try to work a little less; your health depends on it.

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