Psychology Professor Says We Should Only Be Working Four Days A Week
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As we all know, professors are always right. As such, bosses all need to sit up and listen to Professor Adam Grant, who says both employers and employees would benefit from the introduction of a four-day working week.
Well, just in case you're interested, the psychologist - from the Wharton School in Pennsylvania - has been arguing for a four-day week for decades. He believes people have been proven to work more effectively when their employers show they value the personal lives of employees.
He explained his argument earlier this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
According to the Metro, he said: "I think we have some good experiments showing that if you reduce work hours, people are able to focus their attention more effectively, they end up producing just as much, often with higher quality and creativity, and they are also more loyal to the organisations that are willing to give them the flexibility to care about their lives outside of work."
He was backed by historian, Rutger Bregman, who used historical examples (surprise surprise) to support the idea.
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Bregman said: "For decades, all the major economists, philosophers, sociologists, they all believed, up until the 1970s, that we would be working less and less.
"In the 1920s and 1930s, there were actually major capitalist entrepreneurs who discovered that if you shorten the working week, employees become more productive.
"Henry Ford, for example, discovered that if he changed the working week from 60 hours to 40 hours, his employees would become more productive, because they were not that tired in their spare time."
So that's that sorted then. A professor and a historian have together proven irrefutably that we should all be allowed a three-day weekend, every weekend.
It shouldn't have really taken a historian and professor to explain this, though. It's obvious really.
God made the world in seven days, which means weeks had to be made seven days long forever more. That was non-negotiable.
But then which absolute monster thought, 'OK, we can't divide seven days evenly, so I guess we'll work five days and have two days off'...?
Blatantly, that is not fair. Indeed, 'the man' should consider a three-day weekend a good deal.
Keep fighting the good fight, Grant and Bregman - but only four days a week, of course.