We work some of the longest working hours in Europe and this is linked to increased stress levels, sleep issues, reduced productivity and increased sick leave.

According to recent surveys in order to reduce stress levels across the workforce, we need to start working a four day week.Sounds like a great idea, after all, in reality we probably only work at 60-80% productivity which would equate to four days (or less) in a normal working week.  So, if you increased your productivity you could get the same amount of work done but still be able to work just 4 days.

There’s a lot to be said for reducing working hours down from the levels that I see and hear about on a regular basis.  Usually far more than the standard or contracted hours.The European working time directive says that workers don’t/shouldn’t have to work more than 48 hours.  Although this doesn’t apply to several sectors, where people either have control over their own hours.

Many people work far more than this, I’ve worked with people who were regularly working 80-100 hours.  Many people in senior positions often work long hours or find themselves working in the evenings and at weekend.

How much time do you waste in the average working week – either because you have too much to do and either spend time switching between tasks or you’re distracted or constantly interrupted?

You could decide to work the same amount of hours but in four days and have the fifth day off.  This does result in longer working days but you get an extra day in the week to spend time with your family and friends, exercise and get a decent night’s sleep which could all reduce your stress.

Greater flexibility around working hours leads to a happier, more motivated and productive workforce.

Increase your productivity, focus on what’s important and you too can reduce your working hours.

Get in touch to find out ways to reduce yours.