Your Over-40 Coworkers Should Probably Only Work A Few Days Per Week, Says Study

Your Over-40 Coworkers Should Probably Only Work A Few Days Per Week, Says Study

The 3-day-week. Sure, it’s great when the holidays roll around, but I’m not sure I’m equipped to handle that much downtime. I start to feel like a piece if I’m away from the office for too long. Plus all I’d wanna do is play golf, and golf isn’t cheap. But there are researchers in Australia that found that working 3 days per week is the best way gain the most out of employees over the age of 40.

The Report published in the Melbourne Institute Worker Paper series conducted a series of cognitive tests on middle-aged workers while analyzing their work habits. They found that those working 25 hours a week performed best while those working 55 hours a week showed results worse than retired or unemployed participants. When the work week went over 25 hours, the overall performance for subjects decreased as “fatigue and stress” took effect. So the best way to max-out the 40 and up crowd’s potential? Put a cap on their hours.

And it makes sense, even for someone under the age of 40, or God forbid, under 30. The grind takes its toll on you, man. According to the one of the study’s authors, we should start thinking about being a little more flexible with our work schedules:

“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.”

Knowing this, now every time you take one in the shorts from some old on a Thursday, you have research that will show that it’s probably just that time of the week for them. Maybe hit ’em with a “How many hours have you worked this week? Have you thought about cutting back a bit?” That’s what I’d do.

Interesting stuff, but by the time we’re 40, every other guy will be getting weekly testosterone replacement therapy and will feel like a damn 25-year-old again, so we may be better prepared to handle a full 50-hour-week. Either way, at least you’ve got something to look forward to.

[via Independent]

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