Who wouldn’t like to be gifted with the opportunity to have his/her working hours reduced in a week? If given a choice, there is not a single person who wouldn’t accept it. Rest is an essential element to give rise to beneficial outcomes. For, as the saying goes, ‘all work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy’. People deserve an ample amount of rest and day-offs to have a healthy and stress-free mind in order to work properly.
This is a necessary idiom to be followed by working people over the age of 40.
As recommended by certain researchers, a schedule that ensures to work three days a week is best suited for employees over the age of forty. Indeed as attractive the schedule seems to be, it is essential to get the best results out of the employees. A week full of workload tends to reduce their enthusiasm due to increased stress and the motive of their working remains unfulfilled.
The important question is whether a three-day schedule is at all beneficial. An experiment conducted by the University of Melbourne tried to prove the above statement by conducting tests to check the working habits of around 6000 working men and women. The procedure of test included recitation of numbers backwards, matching the numbers with the letters within a given time.
Having looked into the working schedule and employment structure, it was estimated that people working for 8 hours, three days a week, are the best employees due to their output results. This is due to the amount of relief and stress-free working structure that gives rise to a better input by the employees every time they work. Long working hours are a major turn off for all because that leads to pressure and fatigue which affects the working capacity of the employees.
Signs of excessive workload
No matter how much one loves his/her job, being overburdened with it is going to have disastrous results like the person losing enthusiasm to work any further or physical ailments due to increased stress and depression.
You can identify such things if you face the following:
1. Taking to substance abuse or alcohol or cigarettes.
2. Despite how long you work under pressure, the outcome remains futile.
3. You feel exhaustion throughout the day.
4. You feel depressed and there is an utter lack of zeal or energy.
5. You start working for long hours beyond your normal working schedule.
6. You have visible dark circles under your eyes and your body is constantly giving up.
7. Due to the above factors, your social life gets affected and you tend to get distance from your family and friends.
How you benefit yourself when you work three days a week
Straining your body and mind to give your hundred per cent into work that is constantly pressuring you is also not very fruitful in the longer run. Considering how the age of retirement is being increased, the body simply cannot take any more. Certain countries like France have actually made it illegal to have employees working for you after the normal working hours.
People everywhere are likely to support the three-days working structure for it works in a way that is beneficial to the employer as well as the employee. People who work for long hours have reduced levels of cognitive ideas and thus their working ability gets negatively affected. If people work for 24-25 hours per week, their working ability remains unquestionably good.
It is advised that one should think twice before carrying on with the pressurized working system that is likely to leave a long term negative effect on them. Prioritize things that actually matter in the long run and it wouldn’t come with a price. At the same time, many high paying jobs do require people to work longer. In such cases, it is advisable to take time off as regularly as possible and not neglect yourself, your family, and your social life running after the job.