Would Northern Colorado Benefit From Shorter Work Weeks?
Unless you really love your job, I'm guessing that you've already answered "yes" to this question. Well, good news — science is backing you up.
According to Denver7, the Association for Sustainability and Democracy (Alda) and Autonomy, a UK-based think-tank, are currently studying the effects of a shorter workweek in Iceland. So far, the results have been overwhelmingly positive.
Researchers have found a shorter workweek, coupled with no reduction in pay, made employees more productive, less stressed, and less susceptible to burnout. The shorter model also left employees with a healthier work-life balance.
Currently, around 1% of Iceland's workforce is enjoying a shorter workweek without any pay cuts. Also known as the "four-day week," this structure requires employees to put in around 35 to 36 hours of work per week.
The report also found another benefit of the shorter workweek that we might all celebrate: meetings often have to be replaced with emails.
"Based on the analysis of a wide range of data, we can see that workers experience significant increases in wellbeing and work-life balance — all while existing levels of service provision and productivity were at the very least maintained, and in some instances improved," read the report.
Unfortunately, this shorter workweek might not be coming to our state anytime soon. According to business.org, Colorado is the 11th most overworked state in the U.S., with residents working an average of 39.2 hours per week.
Boulder County did start testing a version of a four-day workweek earlier this year; however, their model maintains 40 hours of work per week by extending the hours worked per day.
Well...at least it's almost Friday.
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