Following the triggering of article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and the beginning of Brexit, government officials have finally decided to address the issue of a three-day weekend.
The benefits of a three-day weekend has long been discussed. Experts agree that shortening the work week would not affect work volumes for office workers or those on the road. On the contrary, it has been proven that such a change can increase business productivity and profit. Multiple experiments have shown that people can commit themselves to only four or five hours of concentrated work at a time before they stop getting things done. Past the peak performance level, output tends to flat-line, or sometimes even suffer. Put into practice, shortening the work week seems to reap all kinds of rewards.
Japan, which is notorious for its overworked employees, was the first country to consider it seriously this year. Finland and Sweden are taking their first steps toward it by shortening the working day. Amazon has already planned out to test the 30-hour workweek in the USA.
Studies done by British scientists in psychology report an increase in overall well-being for both entrepreneurs who run businesses and company employees. Participants in the study have attested benefits such as decreased stress levels, better sleep and even improved relationships with friends and family. One of the main reasons for that is that participants had more time for leisure activities, visiting relatives and sleeping in.
Following the announcement of the change in legislation, a government official has commented: “Now that the European Union is out of the way, it’s time to bring some order to our country. As promised, we will work for the people’s interest, albeit only 4 days a week from now on.”
The new law is valid from July 2018. The next law the government promised to pass more bank holidays. This has British people wondering… is the four-day weekend on its way?