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Are 4-day work weeks more productive?

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New Zealand researchers recently found that four-day work weeks are more productive than 40-plus hours, Monday through Friday. And we think it makes a lot of sense.

To find out if less time at the office would actually prove to be beneficial for people's productivity, employees at New Zealand trust business Perpetual Guardian took it upon themselves to experiment with a four-day work week schedule over the course of two months.

CNN reports that during this time, the employees at the company who were involved in the experiment were still paid by their standard five-day salaries, but only had to work four days.

So it's really not surprising to hear that, according to the company’s CEO, Andrew Barnes, the employees responded very positively to this experiment. 

The results of this experiment were compared to the findings of a 2017 survey, CNN reports, in which employees said they were only 54 percent capable of maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Employees' stress levels went down 7 percent, while engagement in the workplace went up 20 percent.

The numbers are impressive, and according to doctor of psychology and licensed clinical social worker, Dr. Danielle Forshee, LLC, they aren’t surprising.

Why?

Because the human brain isn’t really equipped to perform and hold attention during all 40 hours that a typical work week demands.

“We perform at our best when we’ve had enough rest, when we have taken care of personal things in our lives, when we are physically, mentally and emotionally in shape, and have just as enough time to attend to these things,” Forshee tells

“We are not meant to be on-task for the amount of time that we are expected in our present-day jobs.”

Just remember that you work to live, not the other way around.