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Would You Be Happier if You Worked Fewer Hours?

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If your boss were to walk up to you today and say…”Hey from now on you only have to work six hours a day, instead of the usual eight or nine you’re currently working. And, you don’t have to take a pay cut,” would you do it?

I’m guessing you’d probably think you’d just hit the Powerball Jackpot right?

Well, according to a new study, surprisingly enough, all your euphoria would more than likely come crashing back to earth in just a few months when you realize you’re still just as unhappy as you were before.

Popular Science just finished conducting a massive 10-year study that found cutting people’s work hours doesn’t necessarily have a real effect on their overall job satisfaction.

The reason why was pretty simple, even when a person’s work hours get cut, their actual workload doesn’t.

Think about it, shorter lunch breaks, no more built in 10 minute breaks that most employees get during a typical 8 to 9 hour day, to surf the web, have generic conversations with coworkers, smoke and basically clear your head.

You’d be forced to work more intensely all day long, ensuring your productivity levels don’t decrease.

The result, you end up being one tired, cranky camper, at the end of every workday!

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Imagine actually going back to your boss and begging them to once again add a couple of hours to your workday, so you won’t be as exhausted?

Still want to sacrifice those ten minute breaks each day to work fewer hours each week?  Somehow I think the overall number of people willing to take that deal would drop dramatically?

I mean never underestimate the value of a person’s smoke or BS session break!

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