Study: People Over 40 Should Only Work 3 Days A Week

By Joe Martino | Collective Evolution


  • The Facts: A 2016 study indicates that people over the age of 40 should only be working 3 days a week, or 25 hours per week, to maintain good cognitive function.
  • Reflect On: Where did the idea of a 40 hour work week come from? Are we all working too much? If we changed the way we operate our economy, might we all have to work less? Didn’t we make up all these rules to begin with? Can’t we change them?

We all feel a little overworked, don’t we? Is this truly why we’re here? To work 40 hours a week for many years of our lives simply to survive within our society?

A 2016 study published in the Melbourne Institute Worker Paper series found that people over 40-years-old perform best on a three-day work week.

The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research at the University of Melbourne took 3,500 women and 3,000 men through a series of cognitive tests such as matching letters and numbers under time pressure, reading aloud, and reciting lists of numbers backwards.

Analyzing those results with various other factors such as life quality, family structures, economic well-being, and employment, the team found that people who worked an average of 25 hours per week performed the best. What happens past 25 hours? Cognitive test results begin to drop due to stress and fatigue.

The study says:

“These results indicate that, for both males and females, the magnitude of the positive impact of working hours on their cognitive ability is decreasing until working hours reaches a threshold, and above that, further increases in working hours have a negative impact on their cognitive functioning… Then, where is the threshold?

In other words, when does the impact of working hours on cognitive ability change from being positive to negative? …

Using the test scores of memory span and cerebral dysfunction for the respondents, 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… Our study highlights that too much work can have adverse effects on cognitive functioning.”

Colin McKenzie, Professor of Economics at Keio University who participated in the research stated:

“Many countries are going to raise their retirement ages by delaying the age at which people are eligible to start receiving pension benefits. This means that more people continue to work in the later stages of their life.

The degree of intellectual stimulation may depend on working hours. Work can be a double-edged sword. 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.

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