Work/Life Balance – Does the secret lie in the 3-day weekend?

A perfect work life balance is what we try to achieve every day. It’s quite hard to find a healthy compromise between our work commitments and all the other thousands of things that need to be done.

Eventually, there isn’t too much time left for those moments that we should use to nurture ourselves. And even more surprisingly, some recent studies demonstrate that the time we think we have been producing the most at work it has not been as effective.

Like all of us, companies are always searching for innovative ways to invest to increase the bottom line. Many organisations have finally started to realise that investing in their employees goes beyond a good benefits package and the occasional company party.

There is a practice that can substantially increase employee productivity. This tactic is the 3-day weekend. Research has shown that breaking beyond the outdated tradition of a 2-day weekend can increase employee productivity by a significant margin.

A 32-hour week can generate more, and higher quality, work than 40.

As a result, employees have more time to pursue what they love, from spending time with family to participating in volunteer opportunities. It also helps ensure that retirement isn’t spent trying to recover from the mad grind to get there.

The infographic below, by Tiffany McAdams, explains the benefits of this approach for both employees and employers around the world. Companies across the world have seen overwhelming improvements in productivity, team morale, and overall job satisfaction with this ground-breaking practice. Happier, more productive employees and a bigger bottom line? This is a win-win for employer and employee alike.

The 3-Day Weekend | Tiffany McAdams

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