Four day weekends…every week? Sign me up!

Study suggest new work schedules for the over-40 crowd

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I can’t say how this one might go over with the boss.

Japanese researchers have published the findings of a study that should raise the eyebrows of the 40-plus crowd.  The study suggests that, for optimal effectiveness, those of us over 40 should be working around 25 hours per week.  To put in another way, this could translate into 4-day weekends for us.

The participant pool was comprised 3,500 women and 3,000 men from Australia. Most were between the ages of 40 and 69.

The Japanese researchers tested the adults using three cognitive functionality tests, which included reading comprehension, number and letter matching, and reciting numbers in reverse.

The study says that working 25 to 30 hours had a positive affect on middle-aged and older men’s cognitive skills, and reports similar results for their female counterparts working 22 to 27 hours.

Now, this is not advocating a “the less work, the better” approach for those of us over 40.  The researchers concluded that work is important for “intellectual stimulation”.  Instead, they believe that there is a sweet spot that provides an optimal return for an over-40 employee.

With that being said, good luck finding a employer who might take you up on the whole 4-day weekend thing.

But, it’s always fun to dream…

Written by JP Smith

A self-proclaimed "technologist...with attitude", I'm a forty-something husband, father and IT professional/enthusiast. I believe that learning and growth are lifelong endeavors.