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The 40-Hour Work Week is Not Just Bad for You, But Also Bad for Business

Posted by on August 20, 2015 in Economy with 9 Comments
Office employees need to make an effort to be more physically active at work

Office employees need to make an effort to be more physically active at work

By Sareema Husain |

John likes what he does. He wakes up at six daily, takes a shower, shaves, puts on his suit, and if it’s a Monday, he might shine his shoes before he leaves the house. John doesn’t have a worry in the world. He has an easy-going boss, has a superb credit score, and his sex life is fantastic—he’s inarguably happy.

Sometimes, John gets bored. When he does, he escapes for a while with a weekend trip or a visit to the pub. Right now, he’s counting down the days until he leaves for his vacation in Hawaii. Often he finds that his mind takes on strange trains of thought, like wondering whether that lump on his knee is cancer or if he should start worrying about writing his will, but he snaps out of it quickly enough to focus on other things.

At first glance, John seems like your average Joe. But does slaving away eight hours a day really constitute a “normal” lifestyle and benefit John’s productivity and wellbeing?

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The 8-hour workday’s origins are also strategic: in the late 18th century, factories began maximizing their output and getting them to run 24/7 was key. The 8-hour shift allowed for an even distribution of hours throughout the day broken into three categories; work, recreation, and sleep.

But according to a recent Gallup Poll documenting the average work hours of a U.S. worker, 50 per cent worked more than 40 hours a week. Eighteen percent of that figure works more that 60 hours a week, Twenty-one percent working between 50 and 69 hours.

Because free time is scarce, we spend our hard earned money on cheap entertainment and convenient gratification. There’s little room for personal development like traveling, reading or exercise when you’re working to build someone else’s dream. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says there is only 20 per cent of full time workers that take part in some sort of physical exercise.

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The simple answer to this conundrum of purpose is to work fewer hours. But in today’s workforce with the mandate of securing the most collective work possible the reality seems as though employers are not going to pay the same salary for reduced productivity.

After all, the 8-hour workday is succeeding in doing exactly what it has been designed to do; compartmentalize our life to maximize efficiency. But is it really?


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  1.' Law of Attraction & Inspiration says:

    Dear person reading this,
    I hope your day has been going well, if not, I hope it gets better You are an amazing person who will inspire others to do great things so keep up the hard work. I know you may feel unimportant or insecure at the moment but know that you are a beautiful human being inside and out and you are important !
    Just trying to be nice on the INTERNET, sometimes we just need such a message !
    I hope this comment helped you a bit and if not, I‘m sorry if yes Please give my page a Like!

    •' Marko Cipkar says:

      You need to stop being a soft cock and remember that life has survived for thousands of years because of cunts handling shit without being a weak over sensitive woosy

  2.' Remco Spacko Jansen says:

    I wish for a 40 hour workweek. So i got something to do

  3.' Cory Osetsky says:

    What’s a 40 hour work week?

  4.' Ishmial Armstrong says:

    ONe movie Irobot

  5.' Karl Grubmayr says:

    remco i am sure,somebody will hold you to it.spacko

  6.' Lori Camacho says:

    I always liked a 4/10hr work week with 3 days off! Start and off times were against traffic also…bonus!

  7.' Τζούλια Πανταζή says:

    lol l am working 60 to 72 hours per week these days…..

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