It’s a very popular myth that hanging more hours at work place leads to a higher outcome, but a recent study proves otherwise. Multiple experiments run by psychology expert, Anders Ericsson, show that a person can only do four or five hours of productive work per day and once the saturation level is hit, then output tends to flat-line which affects employees overall performance at the work place.

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“If you’re pushing people, well, beyond the time they can really concentrate maximally, you’re very likely to get them to acquire some bad habits,” Ericsson told Tech Insider. He additional warned that those bad habits could also become spilling into the time people are more commonly productive.

The Tech Insider report also stated that employees engaged in shorter work time actually saw better outputs and were happier professionally as well as personally.

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“I think the 8-hour work day is not as effective as one would think. To stay focused on a specific work task for 8 hours is a huge challenge. In order to cope, we mix in things and pauses to make the work day more endurable. At the same time, we are having it hard to manage our private life outside of work,” Linus Feldt, CEO of Stockholm-based app developer Filimundus, told Adele Peters at Fast Company. 

Filimundus switched to a 6-hour day last year, and Feldt says their staff haven’t looked back. “We want to spend more time with our families, we want to learn new things or exercise more. I wanted to see if there could be a way to mix these things,” he said.

Even the Reusser Design founder Nate Reusser shared a similar story with CNN.

“You wouldn’t believe how much we get done,” he told CNN last year insisting on his finding that such strategies motivate people to work harder, just like how they hustle to finish projects before they go on vacation. He added that though the company works longer hours to make up for the lost Friday, productivity and engagement have never been better.

The same is true with kids. A study conducted with school kids showed similar behaviour which gave rise to a popular approach known as “Four Day School Week”. This module improved teacher- student relation, reduced discipline referral frequency, improved attendance and also improved academic performance tremendously.

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So basically it’s a win-win for everybody. This way of redistributing work and time not only improves productivity, it also brought down the costs for heating, cooling, and powering the buildings.

That being said, share this article with your boss and thank us later.

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