Editorial - Wednesday, March 30: Working smarter not harder

AUSTRALIA needs to be more productive than ever before, but the question stands: Is the current five-day working week achieving the best results?

Would a three-day weekend, justified by longer working hours over four days to achieve the standard 38-hours, improve the country's efficiency?

Take a look at some public service shifts where frontline staff work four 10-hour shifts per week to gain a three day break due to the proven productivity.

The likes of Google and Amazon have also moved towards flexible working hours given the results.

It's something China and the US have assessed based on the productivity and efficiency of European countries working the four-day week.

The Netherlands (the fifth most productive country behind Norway, Luxembourg, the US and Belgium) work the world's shortest week of 29 hours, ahead of Denmark (10th just behind Australia) and Norway (the most productive country) averages 33 hours per week.

The benefits to the family unit and community are obvious, but would the re-worked roster help the economy?

Long weekends are good times to make judgment in your own business or workplace, given the proof of less hours worked versus the output.

Matt Deans,
Editor



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