Most people assume that the longer they work, the more tasks they can finish. This, however, is merely a myth, according to experts.
K. Anders Ericsson, an expert in work psychology, has conducted several experiments that actually dispute that. Ericsson claims that the studies indicated that most people can only churn out 4 to 5 hours of productive work each day. Once their performance hits the highest point, both the output and the employees tend to suffer.
“If you’re pushing people well beyond the time they can really concentrate maximally, you’re very likely to get them to acquire some bad habits. What’s worse, those bad habits could end up spilling into the time people are normally productive.”
According to experts, a shorter work week is a proven way to boost productivity.
It has been proven that managers who implemented a shorter work week experienced significant increase not only in terms of output and worker retention but even the employees’ personal and professional happiness.
Treehouse CEO Ryan Carson can attest to this. Way back 2006, he implemented a 32-hour work week and, as a result, employees have performed better and are happier in their jobs. The company, on the other hand, has become hugely successful with millions of dollars in annual revenue.
A shorter work week benefits both the worker and the company.
Reusser Design, a web development company, also shifted to a 4-day work week starting in 2013 – and they’re never looking back.
Founder Nate Reusser shared:
“Even if employees work overtime on Fridays, their performance is much higher. You have no idea how people hustle to finish projects before they go on vacation.”
Actually, the same can even be said about students.
When 4th and 5th graders in a Colorado school were introduced to a 4-day school week, performance in reading and math increased by 6% and 12% compared to other students who attended 5 times a week.
“I think the idea that children will be fully concentrating during all their classes is unreasonable,” Ericsson pointed out.
Meanwhile in 2008, Utah Governor Jon Huntsman implemented a plan to reorganize the work week.
About 75% of state employees switched to a 4-day work week with 10-hour shifts each day. The change brought down costs for heating, cooling, and powering the establishments. In return, people loved the extra day off and were more satisfied with their respective jobs.
This simply demonstrates that both workers and companies can benefit when a shorter work week is implemented.
23 Super Cute Dog Breeds You’re Probably Unfamiliar With
Aren’t they adorable?
Some dog breeds are just more famous than the others. You're probably very well acquainted with everyone's favorite pooches, like the German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Bulldog, Poodle, and Beagle. But did you know there are more dog breeds out there that are just as cute and deserving of your undivided attention?
Whether you are looking for a new best friend or, like us, are obsessed with canines, this list is for you. These pooches may be from the least popular breeds but they're absolute winners in our hearts.
1. The Norwegian Lundehund
Waking Up Between 3 to 5 AM Could Mean You’re Experiencing Spiritual Awakening
Do you always wake up during the “Witching Hour”?
A lot of people wake up at the same time every night without paying much attention to it. But did you know this could be your body's way and a Higher Power's way of communicating with you?
Traditional Chinese medicine uses energy meridians for acupuncture and acupressure. These energy meridians are connected to a clock system that, according to ancient Chinese medicine, energizes different parts of the body. So depending on the time you wake up at night, your body could be experiencing certain sensations and is communicating certain physical and emotional problems to you.
Waking up in the middle of the night shouldn't be ignored.
US Government Declassifies 750 Nuclear Test Videos – And It’s Truly Terrifying!
“If we show what the force of these weapons are and how much devastation they can wreak, then maybe people will be reluctant to use them.”
We all know it can be very frightening and destructive but have you ever wondered what a real nuclear explosion looks like? Well we have the answer to that now.
Recently, the US government has declassified 750 video footage from 210 atmospheric nuclear tests conducted in the United States between 1945 and 1962. The clips are truly fascinating and, yes, downright scary.
History tells us that the nuclear tests were done by the government during the nuclear arms race up to the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. The footage were captured using several cameras from different angles, showing us how the explosion looks like at around 2,400 frames per second. The US government made about 10,000 films.
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