Benefits of a Shorter Work Week


When it comes to productivity, it is no surprise that a shorter work week carries many benefits. The eight-hour workday is a classic American staple; however, it may not be the ideal long-term formula for success. The government has implemented and studied several pilot programs to reduce the workweek from 40 hours to 32 hours. These government-led pilot programs found:

  • Employees productivity increased
  • Better work-life balance
  • Less sick days
  • Improved employee morale
  • Lower childcare expenses
  • Lower operational costs
  • Positive environmental impact

Several companies and countries have experimented with shorter work weeks and found great results and success. The pandemic has changed lives for so many people all across the globe, including expectations surrounding the typical work dynamic. Iceland has shown that people who work a few hours with the same pay are more productive. Workers in Iceland reported feeling more energized and less stressed. They spent more time exercising, socializing, seeing friends and family.Shorter workweeks can improve mood and also the ability to cope with stress more effectively. With an improved mood, employees can focus on their interests and desires and not feel stressed to make ends meet or cope with stress in unhealthy ways.Research has shown long-term stress can contribute to/or worsen an extended range of health problems. It can affect sleep, diet, productivity, relationships, irritability, and create burn-out. When employees are overworked and suffer from burnout, the company also suffers from fewer quality results, fewer employees, and lower morale. High work standards and expectations to succeed, the pressures to meet deadlines, and deliver impeccable results can lead to unhealthy coping strategies that can evolve in substance use or addiction.The human brain wants an hour of work and then 15 minutes off. A shorter workweek can help minimize stress and improve the mental, emotional, and physical health quality of life.Suffering from stress, burn-out, or any other mental health disorder can be overwhelming and exhausting. At Valiant Living Recovery, we offer many professional, top-quality programs to support your healing and find optimal health again. Our professionals' program is for the person who may feel concerned that getting help will jeopardize their careers. The professionals' program offers discreet services for demanding fields. We can help you find work-life balance and develop healthy strategies to prevent burnout. Each patient's journey is unique and personalized to fit your needs. For more information on our professional treatment program, contact Valiant Living Recovery at (303) 816-3571.

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