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Is a 4-day workweek in our nation’s future?

This is the story that YOU wanted to hear us talk about! It received 90 percent of the vote in our Radioactive poll!

A new study reveals that five-day weeks may actually make us less productive.

According to the Organisation [sic] for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), most countries work less than five days a week, with a general increase in productivity.

[W]orkplace productivity doesn’t increase with hours worked, the OECD concluded. Workers in Greece clock 2,034 hours a year versus 1,397 in Germany, for example, but the latter’s productivity is 70 percent higher.

Not only can a five-day workweek decrease productivity, it can actually harm assignments, projects — and even the workers themselves.

A 2004 report by the Centers for Disease Control “linked overtime to poorer overall health, and other research has suggested that working long hours can lead to depression.”

A 2005 study from the nonprofit Family and Work Institute said 20 percent of employees polled said they felt overworked and made mistakes while doing their job.

Working one less day a week would also help the environment, as people would commute less and reduce their electricity usage.

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