Tired of the same old 40 hour work week? You’re not alone. In fact, half of full-time employees end up spending more than 40 hours a week in the office. The average worker works five days a week, and those days keep getting longer. Long weeks are leading to employee burnout and subsequently, seeking out new employment. While employee burnout is at an all-time high, companies have options to keep employees happy and loyal.
Recent studies show a longer weekend may be the best option for both employees and employers. Overworking has become a real health concern, raising the risk of several health problems such as stroke, heart problems, type 2 diabetes, and depression. Combined with research showing employees can only produce five hours of focused work a day, the case for a shorter week is strong for employees.
Employers can also benefit from a shorter workweek. Companies have found by implementing a three day weekend, and they reap the benefits of a healthier, more focused, and loyal workforce. Several businesses in Japan, United States, United Kingdom, France, and Sweden have introduced with three day weekend with great results.
Having an extra day has freed up some time to spend with family and friends. While this approach may not rake in the money working 50 hours a week, the alternative is saving employees money in lower health care costs and less sick days. Check out the infographic to learn more about the benefits of three day weekends.