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You’d think that a shorter workweek or day would raise spirits and lower blood pressure, but it was sadly discovered that that’s not necessarily what happens.
You’d think that a shorter workweek or day would raise spirits and lower blood pressure, but it was sadly discovered that’s not necessarily what happens.
The problem is that often, the workload isn’t lessened, just the amount of time an employee has to do it in.
That was the case with the 2004 introduction of the 5-day workweek in South Korea.
Researchers from the Korea University recently assessed the impact the transition from the previous 6 day week had on couples with children.
Even though the goal of the cut was to lessen stress and increase happiness, that’s not what happened.
Upon reviewing existing data collected from 1998 to 2008, it became evident that even though the week had been shortened, the pressure to produce was greater.
Also, many employers just took away other vacation and holiday breaks to make up for the loss.
Women reported a bit more satisfaction from the change than men did. They liked having the extra hours to attend to home responsibilities, however the positive feelings were mostly negated by the additional pressures at work.