Just how short could we make the working week

Artists Reflect The Impact Of Climate Change In Their New Work

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 01: A visitor looks at Darren Almond’s art installation entitled ‘Tide, 2008’ comprising of 567 digital wall clocks is displayed at the Royal Academy of Arts ‘Earth: Art of a Changing World’ exhibition on December 1, 2009 in London. New and recent work from 35 artists and a selection of commissions from emerging artists is on display at the Royal Academy from December 3, 2009 to January 31, 2010. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Source: BBC News

By Bryan Lufkin

If you’ve got a full-time job, chances are you’re working eight hours or more a day, probably Monday to Friday.

Of course, many of us work a lot more – Elon Musk said in a recent New York Times profile that he clocks up to 120 a week, pretty much obliterating any opportunity he has for work-life balance.

There aren’t many upsides to putting in so much time at the office: plenty of studies from around the world suggest longer working hours make us unhappier and less productive.

So in an effort to improve workers’ work-life balance, companies and governments around the world are experimenting with cutting working hours. It’s a move that attracts huge interest – a recent trial from New Zealand generated international headlines by cutting the work week from five days to four.

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