Australian researchers think you should be working less.
The Australians are famous for their laid back attitude to work, and this study has really proved it.
The study, published in the Melbourne Institute Worker Paper revealed that people over the age of forty performed better when they only worked three days a week.
The results were collected from 3,500 Australian women and 3,000 Australian men, and they showed how the Aussie’s are most at home when they are living their best stress-free life.
As people elsewhere in the world struggle through working life with long hours, working in the dark all through the winter and having to endure stuffy office wear, the Australians are kicking back with a much more relaxed pace of work and they even get to indulge in wearing flip-flops and no ties.
The research was conducted by testing the subjects and seeing how their cognitive function reacted to aspects such as executive reasoning, and abstract reasoning.
They found that the subjects reacted best when they were working 25 hours a week, and no more. People who worked 55 hours a week suffered worse results due to tiredness and fatigue.
Working less has also been linked to maintaining cognitive function in older age. One of the study authors Colin McKenzie, professor at Keio University thinks that levels of intellectual stimulation can actually have an impact on cognitive function – if you work long hours you could be having a negative impact on you brain function.
It is thought that having a healthy work-life balance is the key to happiness and satisfaction in your life. Many people dream of having a high-flying career but many people who make work the center of their world wear themselves out and feel detrimental effects from it.
Take a leaf out of the Australian’s book and cut your working week to three days, your brain will thank you.