Sleep more when working a 4-day week

When cut to four working days per week, workers tend to spend their free time sleeping.

In the process of monitoring more than 180 global organizations on cutting the number of working days, Juliet Schor, a sociologist and economist at Boston University (USA), discovered that when workers switch to work 32 hours a week, will spend up to 7.58 hours a night sleeping, almost an hour more than working 40 hours. In other words, employees will spend almost 7/8 hours of extra time off each week just sleeping, instead of running errands or hanging out with friends.

“I’m not surprised people get a little bit more sleep, but I’m surprised how contagious these changes are,” Ms Schor said. Even, the proportion of workers considered sleep deprived (sleeping less than 7 hours per night) decreased from 42.6% to 14.5% for a 4-day work week.

Researcher Schor’s survey was conducted with 304 workers at 16 companies (3 in the US, one in Australia, 12 in Ireland), participating in a 6-month pilot program run by the nonprofit organization 4 Day Week. Global operations, amid the pandemic causing employers to rethink how, where and when to get work done.

Many workers tend to sleep more when working only 4 days per week. Image: Healthline

The concept of shortening the working week has been interested since the outbreak of the pandemic. This form helps many workers get a glimpse of how flexible working can improve their personal lives.

While tough bosses like Elon Musk at Tesla or Jamie Dimon of JpMorgan Chase & Co. While pushing employees to quickly return to pre-pandemic work schedules, other celebrities have espoused shorter workweeks, in the hope of work-life balance.

But not all organizations that started experimenting with the 4-day workweek were successful. About one in five employers gave up, most during the planning phase. Executives say they are facing the double challenge of surpassing employee and industry five-day quotas and the daunting task of eliminating unnecessary work to get the same performance. in 4 days.

But why do employees who have Fridays off choose to sleep more or for personal interests or to hang out with friends?

Christopher Barnes, a management professor at the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington (USA), said that the 4-day work schedule will reduce time constraints in general, as workers do not have to pay. reply email or run a deadline at 10pm.

“We’re not just employees, we’re family members. If we don’t allocate time to each role, things will pile up,” warns Barnes.

Many other studies have also shown a link between sleep and working hours, especially jobs that tend to last for many hours. “Sleep and work compete with each other. It’s not worth trading health for work,” Professor Barnes said, noting that the consequences of poor sleep include unethical behavior, high levels of public engagement. lower jobs, less helping colleagues, more abusive and aggressive leadership tendencies.

Preliminary Schor data showed that the 4-day per week workers in the study experienced improvements in health and productivity. Even life, work, and family satisfaction increased. She says these results are related to extra sleep time.

Clete Kushida, professor of sleep medicine at Stanford University (USA), said that increasing sleep every night helps workers notice improved mood, short-term memory and enhanced concentration . Besides, higher executive skills, they are less inclined to generate negative thoughts.

“Sleep more is always good. The improvement and recovery of each person is different, the biggest effects that sleep brings such as staying awake all day long, increasing work performance is undeniable,” the teacher said. Master Kushida said.

Minh Phuong (According to Bloomberg)


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