Definitive proof that we need to introduce a 3-day weekend

Definitive proof that we need to introduce a 3-day weekend


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A three-day weekend is healthier for you and the environment, so tell your boss!

As if we needed another reason to want to chuck a sickie on a Monday. According to Alex Williams, a Lecturer at City University of London and co-author of Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work, a three-day weekend would not only do wonders for your wellbeing (AKA your work-life balance), it would also have an extremely positive effect on the environment, so flag this and send to your boss ASAP.

William's references a 2007 experiment in the US state of Utah where the working week was redefined to eliminate Fridays by extending the working hours on Monday through Thursday, without reducing the total number of hours worked. Within ten months, the test saved Utah at least US$1.8 million in energy costs and an estimated 12,000 tonnes of CO2 each year. By cutting down the number of days worked, thousands of commuters were taken off the road for one day. The move also meant less office lighting, less air conditioning and less equipment/computer use. It should be mentioned however that the experiment was abandoned in 2011; the biggest concern being accessibility to services on Fridays.

According to David Spencer, a Professor of Economics and Political Economy at the University of Leeds, those who are overworked have a higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes and also having a stroke. Working less can help restore mental health and physical well-being. It would also (rather obviously) give more time for us to spend with family and friends, evening out the allusive work-life balance.  A 2015 Swedish experiment also proved that reduced working hours saw a reduction in the occurrence of illness and increased productivity in workers.

Save the earth and look after your wellbeing? This is a study we can get on board with - it's just a matter of whether the rest of Australian will. 

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