Mind & Body

We Should Ditch 40-Hour Work Weeks—Science Says So

Science has spoken, and here's its verdict: 40-hour work weeks are terribly unhealthy in multiple ways, and they're often unproductive. What do they recommend instead? In a January 2017 study published in the journal Social Science & Medicine, Australian researchers found that—at most—we should be working 39 hours a week (with lots of breaks). Discover the healthiest work schedule in the following video, then learn more about office productivity.

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Science Finally Says We Should Never Work 40 Hours A Week

Late nights in the office are likely putting your mental and physical health at risk.

Employees Spend Less Than Half Of The Workday Working

Instead, most of their time is spent answering emails, going to meetings (about half of which employees report as unproductive), and doing administrative tasks.

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Written By Curiosity Staff February 15, 2017