Study: People over 40 should only work three days a week
A THREE-DAY-WEEK gets the best performance from workers aged over 40, a study has found.
Researchers found the cognitive performance of middle-aged people improved as the working week increased up to 25 hours a week.
However, when the week went over 25 hours, overall performance for the test subjects decreased as "fatigue and stress" took effect.
The report, which was published in the Melbourne Institute Worker Paper series, invited 3,000 men and 3,500 women in Australia to complete a series of cognitive tests while their work habits were analysed.
It was found those working 25 hours a week performed best while those working 55 hours a week showed results worse than retired or unemployed participants.
One of the three authors, Professor Colin McKenzie from Keio University told the Times: "Many countries are going to raise their retirement ages by delaying the age at which people are eligible to start receiving pension benefits. This means that more people continue to work in the later stages of their life.
"The degree of intellectual stimulation may depend on working hours. Work can be a double-edged sword, in that it can stimulate brain activity, but at the same time long working hours can cause fatigue and stress, which potentially damage cognitive functions.
"We point out that differences in working hours are important for maintaining cognitive functioning in middle-aged and elderly adults. This means that, in middle and older age, working part-time could be effective in maintaining cognitive ability."
The research comes amid moves from July 1, 2017 to increase the qualifying age for Australian Age Pension from 65 to 65 and six months.
The qualifying age will then increase by 6 months every 2 years, reaching 67 years by 1 July 2023.
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Lynda Munro: "That would be nice, I work 40 and my husband works 40+ some weeks. If we only work 3 days who's going to make up the pay difference so we can live?"
Ron James: "Cynically some would say getting some people to actually work 25 hours a week would be good!
Australia would, i suspect, both health and economy wise, be better off if EVERYONE worked 25, and only 25, hours per week ... no if's, no buts and no doles."
Russell Garrard: "Well I'm on a disability pension and was working 60 hour weeks... 50...40...30... I think I'm down to somewhere like 25 right now. Body just can't cope."
Shane Galvin: "Hahaha. What a laugh. I do 6 x 12 hour days. Who's running my business."
Melissa Sanham: "We barely survive on 50 hours a week!!! It would be great to work 25 hours if they doubled our pay."
Rozzy Smith: "Haha that's funny,I wish,I am over 40 and I work 6days a week....would be sooo good if I could work 3 days a week and still bring in the same income with no government help which I don't get anyway and don't want...but bills must be paid and I'm not the type to sit around and do nothing for the rest of the week....
It's not as easy as that! 😊"
Jenny Hunter: "This would be great if people could afford to LIVE but sadly we can't because things like food, petrol, rent etc are so expensive."
Tony Gill: "So that's what I'm doing wrong. Sadly when you are self employed you don't get that luxury. It would be nice to earn a wage!"
Ron James: "When i worked in my scientific field i found that hiring people who wanted only 3 days per week, or to job share a full load, was much more productive. They would come in, work for 2 or 3 days and then, when at home with the kids or whatever, think about the research problems and quite often come up with solutions for when they got back to work. The work provided the academic stimulation for the days at home cleaning; and the cleaning provided relaxation before the work days. win/win."
Nina Lee Coyte: "That would be great if things didn't cost money."
Cindy Alcorn: "I work 38 hrs a week and can bearly afford food as rent takes over more then my wage."
Sora Chan: "And frees up hours for the younger workforce to live on."
Amanda Griffiths: "Good then the 60+ can retire, freeing up their jobs for the younger people!"
Jacqueline Broekman: "What about the people over 50, dare I say 60?"
Bev Wilson: "I work 32hrs a week and also do split shift."