We would all like to work less, wouldn’t we? No one approaches me for help because they would like to work more. Most people are wanting to work less because they are feeling tired and stressed and are not enjoying life. They are often working more than their contracted hours simply to ‘get the job done’.
The question is, how many hours should we be working each week?
Recent research in Australia has suggested that those who work about 25 hours per week had the best cognitive function and for those working more than 40 hours per week there is a rapid decline. The research was only carried out on over-40s but perhaps there is a possibility it could apply to all workers?
However, even if you had the option to work less, would you take a pay cut for it? That is a tricky one. Not many people are in a position to take a pay cut so how about focusing instead on making the hours you do work more productive so you can spend less time working overtime and more time enjoying life.
It is all about achieving the best work-life balance for you and the best place to start is by taking small steps to help shorten your working day. Can you delegate or ask for help more often? Can you turn off your work phone outside of work? How often do you ask for help? Can you manage your day in a more productive way? These are just a few things to think about to help you achieve the work-life balance you desire. I know it can be difficult but some small alterations to your working day may make all the difference and enable you to leave work on time.
For more ways to achieve a work-life balance, have a read of my factsheet here.