In the world of work this week…research shows a majority of workers can do their job in less than 40 hours a week. So why are we still stuck in the same work week, even amid such radical shifts in the way we work over the course of the pandemic? It’s time to redefine our relationship with work.
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#1. Should we be working less?
Long hours sitting in the office. Meetings that run into dinner time. Less family time.
Does any of this sound familiar? During the course of the pandemic, those working from home had to balance family responsibilities, longer workdays, and personal responsibilities all at once. Over the course of the pandemic, more than 60% of workers putting in over 40 hours per week. However, 6 out of 10 of those workers say they would be able to do their work in less than 40 hours.
This explains why most (72%) people surveyed want employers to revisit the length of the working week. A shorter working week could have countless societal, environmental, personal, and even economic benefits. Is it time to reassess our relationships with our jobs?
The pandemic showed us that it is possible to radically change the way we live and work. It’s led many to renewed discussions about the possibility of a four-day work week as workers consider redefining their new normal – without a loss in pay. In New Zealand, consumer-goods corporation Unilever is halfway through its 12-month test run of a shorter work week. In March, Spain became one of the first countries in the world to test a four-day working week in a pilot project featuring several dozen companies.
It’s not secret that workers want to re-evaluate the concept of their work weeks. People want to work smarter, not longer. Should we reconsider? Read more at The Guardian.