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Bofferbrauer2 said:
SvennoJ said:

Reducing the 8 hour work day to fewer hours might be more productive still. But not if that entices more people to get second or third jobs to make bills.

3 x 6 plus one day off, repeat. That's 31.5 hours a 'week' doing away with the archaic week concept. It will never fly, but to me sounds most productive. I find I can't concentrate anymore after 6 hours, no matter how fun it is. At work the extra 2 hours usually result in water cooler talk, unnecessary meetings and email and browsing the internet. Then you go on to crunch for a couple more hours, introducing more bugs along the way... A fresh mind does wonders. I always felt like a zombie coming home after a 10+ hour crunch day. The standard 8-9 hours already took a lot get 'out' of.

I can see your point.

Having only one day off might more than offset the win from less hours per day, though.

Also, if you need to commute for a long time to get to your work, you'll spend a lot of time in the car/bus/train/whatever you use to commute, and for those who do, this may be very counterproductive.

In short, this might work out better for you, but it's certainly not for everyone.

True, I was more thinking from a work from home stance where you don't have a long commute.

Perhaps with a long commute it would be more productive to have 4 x 10 hour days with two long breaks, provided the company has good break options. When my dad went to work in Sillicon Valley for half a year they had access to sporting grounds and a pool for breaks.

It would mean spending the whole day at the office, 1 hour commute, 4 hours work, 1 hour lunch break, 4 hours work, 1 hour dinner break, 2 hours work, 1 hour commute, 14 hours, leave at 7, back at 9. Yet if the company provides hot meals for the second break, early dinner, and 3 days off every week.
Many days I didn't eat till 9, hence grab BK at the lay over in my commute and crunching on an empty stomach is even more counter productive.

Working with set goals works better than with time, but in software everything always takes longer so you either work a set hours or crunch all the time :/ If the days are already long, less options to crunch too much.

Simply, more flexibility is needed, everyone has different needs and wants.

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I used to work 32 hours a week (4x8) and now work 36 hours a week (4x9, although in reality it's more like 4x8,5 + 1x2). 36 hours is actually about as common here in the Netherlands as a 40 hour work week.

For me, a 4 day work week is infinitely better than 5 days. The balance between work, social, housekeeping and alone time is extremely important for your overall productivity. When you work 5 full days per week, that balance is too skewed towards work which can cause stress, tiredness and burn-outs.


Last edited by LurkerJ - on 11 July 2021

Some of my weeks now are 4 days on, 3 days off. The difference in stress levels is massive if the extra day off happens to be Friday, not so much when the day off is Wednesday. In few years, I'll be able to work 3 days a week which I am very much looking forward to. No less than that though, I don't like long holidays.