Research proves that working five days a week isn't great for productivity.
We would all love to have a shorter working week and now a new report reveals it may be more beneficial - if you're over 40.
The report published by the University of Melbourne in the Melbourne Institute Worker Paper Series, details that people aged 40 and over are most productive when they work three days a week or less.
Researchers analysed participants' ability to complete cognitive tests, their work habits, memory, executive reasoning and abstract reasoning.
Interestingly, workers who put in extra hours weren't all that effective either. Those in the study who were working 55 hours a week actually had worse cognitive results than participants who were retired or unemployed.
"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," study co-author and Keio University professor Colin McKenzie told The Times. "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.”
So, it really is in your best interest to work smarter and not harder!