Professor Robert Rudolf is like any other human being, and realizes that many wish for shorter work days, but will that really make us happier?
According to Rudolf’s study, that may not be the case.
The study by Robert Rudolf of Korea University, Seoul focuses on the overall individual and family happiness of married and co-residing couples living with children, and also assesses the impact of working hours on people’s overall job and life satisfaction, according to the Times of India.
MSN Now reported that Rudolf’s study focused the effect of a shorter workweek (40 hours, instead of 44) on urban couples with children and found that, while people expressed gratitude for working fewer hours, they did not rate their jobs or lives as better or more satisfying.
According to the studies findings, people had to work just as hard, if not harder during their shorter work days because employers expected them to do just as much work in the shorter amount of time.
What inspired this study? According to The Telegraph South Korea introduced a Five Day Working policy in 2004, which saw Saturdays become an official non-working day and the working week reduced from 44 to 40 hours.
According to the Times of India Rudolf found that working wives and mothers are generally more pleased with the reformative measure than their male counterparts.
“This is because women face higher work-family role conflicts within the traditional Korean society, and thus suffer more from long overtime hours.”
The report continues on to say that much of the positive spin-offs gained from fewer working hours are often offset by rising work intensity demands set by employers, while some firms tend to give less holiday time.
Do you think having shorter work weeks would make you happier? There are, after all, only so many hours in a day.
Robert Rudolf’s study may have a point though, shorter work weeks may lead to more stressful work days, and therefore, no real change in the overall satisfaction of an individual.
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