The Reality Of A Four Day Work Week

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate Life Book, 4 Day Work Week, Four Day Workweek, Work Life BalanceDesigned by mostly well-intended employers, the four-day work week is a catchy name and concept that has once again made the headlines.  It sounds really good to employees at first.  “Work only 4 days instead of 5 and enjoy a higher quality of life.” Not exactly.

Monday through Thursday employees are required to work 2 additional hours per shift. By the time they get to Friday, they are exhausted.

Many employers have found that extended shifts increased employee fatigue- which led to an increase in workplace accidents and inferior performance.   And since most employees with children usually end up going in an hour earlier and staying an hour later, they actually end up missing more prime family time before and after school with their kids.

The key is to find an employer who gets it.  One who understands that a blanket work schedule policy will not work for everyone.   Find an employer who will appreciate your ability to get the job done and meet all of your deadlines on your schedule by allowing you to “get up and go” when all the Hallmark moments in life are happening.

And sometimes you need to stop and ask yourself why you are working so hard.  If it’s just to maintain a lifestyle that’s above your means, you’re chasing your tail. Try living in a smaller house or driving an older car; you’d be surprised how much money you’ll save.   And you’d be surprised how little the year of your car and or the size of your house actually has to do with your over-all happiness in the long run.   There’s nothing wrong with wanting and earning and enjoying nice things, but you have to be financially practical.

And if you think your kids want your money when you die, you’re wrong.  They want your time and company while you’re alive.  They want the memories to cherish when you do pass on.

Marcello Pedalino, Celebrate LIfe Book, 4 Day Work Week, Four Day Workweek, Work Life BalanceWorking for a VIP (Very Inspiring Person) who prioritizes health and wellness for his or her team and surrounding yourself with the right co-workers when you’re on site will actually have a greater impact on your work-life balance than simply working longer hours for one less day each week.

The key is to be more pragmatic, focused, and productive.  Become a logistics ninja and make the most of your 24 hours.  In the Northeast, you can save up to 8 hours per week just by avoiding rush hour traffic and working from home 3 days a week.

If you eat well and sleep well, you’ll have the energy you’ll need to fire on all cylinders and be more efficient.

VDPs (Very Draining People) easily spend up to 8 hours per week during work on social media, playing fantasy football, or texting their cubicle neighbors about non-work related drama when they are supposed to be working. If you can remove yourself from the influences of these energy vampires, you’ll find yourself getting a lot more work done in less time when you do have to be at the office.  This will lead you one step closer to being work-life “fit.”

I think Lonnie Golden, a professor at Pennsylvania State University, has the right idea.  He advocates adopting a “Goldilocks” work week: “one that is not too long, not too short and that satisfies the employer’s interest in productivity and the employee’s interest in attaining good health and well-being.”

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Celebrate Life, The Book, Marcello Pedalino, Mark Pedalino, How to live it up, discover fulfillment, and experience the joy you deservewcbs promo for VIM fullMarcello Pedalino is an award-winning entrepreneur, lifestyle consultant, and fitness coach. He is the author of the new inspirational book, “Celebrate Life: How to live it up, discover fulfillment, and experience the joy you deserve.” As a lifestyle consultant and fitness coach, Pedalino advises individuals, groups, and organizations on how to enhance their current health, style, and overall wellness status.  Marcello’s health and wellness articles have been published by several prominent online publications and he’s often chosen to speak at conferences where the topic of work-life balance and energy management are a priority.

 

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