Why a 4-Day Workweek May Not Be Good for Your Health
by mustyanklesock on September 5, 2016 - 9:51pm
A four day workweek may seem glamourous. An entire extra day to yourself sounds amazing, but in reality, it poses a serious threat on your physical and mental health.
For starters, a regular full-time schedule is about 40 hours long (8 hours per day). If you were to squeeze that 40 hours into four days, you would be working 10 hours per day. According to a study conducted by the author, the risk of suffering an industrial accident is raised 37% when you’ve worked more than 12 hours a day. Accounting for your 10 hour day plus an occasional overtime, you would be putting yourself at danger by working these hours.
Also, people don’t function well when both tired and stressed. By the end of an 8 hour shift, most people are already defeated, so imagine working 10 hours every day (plus a potential overtime). Even if you were to be working 4 days a week, the work you’d be doing wouldn’t be done as effectively as it could be if you were to be working a more laid out schedule. The author states that they have a hard enough time completing work over a five day schedule, alluding to the fact that a four day schedule would be disastrous.
Therefore, a four day workweek is not beneficial. Trying to fit a week’s worth of work into four days leads to both stress and fatigue which takes a toll on your mental and physical health. You would be putting yourself in danger. Also, your work wouldn’t be done as well as it could be if you were working a more dispersed workweek.
Is a four day workweek healthy?
-Fulfilling the required hours per week in a more compact schedule can lead to serious health effects. Five eight hour shifts would equate to four ten hour shifts.
-Working ten hours a day, and possible overtime, contributes to fatigue and stress which takes a huge toll on most workers.
-People don’t function well when both tired and stressed, meaning that although the work is compacted into a tighter schedule, the work is being done less effectively.
There are other alternatives to a four day work schedule. A four day workweek is not healthy.
Personally, I’m not entirely sold, but I can see where the author is coming from and I do consider what they’re saying to be true for most people. To be fair though, I can never see myself working in a job that can put me in physical danger, so I guess I have to consider that when I opt in to possibly working a 12 hour shift. However, I think that having an extra day off may give me an incentive to work even harder in order to ensure I have a longer weekend. Or maybe, I’ll become so accustomed to having a three day weekend that I’ll maintain the same habits I have now. I’ll become so used to the long weekends that they’ll feel short and eventually someone will support the notion of a three day workweek meaning that the cycle has repeated itself.
In conclusion, I recognize that there may be consequences associated with a three day weekend, but I’m choosing to disregard them because I would rather have more time to myself than have to show up to work or school an extra day.
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