All of enjoy the long weekend that comes with a bank holiday. The three-day weekend means more time to do things we love, more time to be with family and more time go out with friends etc. It is very relaxing from the stressful weekdays. Just think if instead of being once in a while, if the weekends could come every week. Apart from leisure and relaxing activities, three-day weekends are also one of the steps for reducing stress, improve our economy and save energy for future.
Lesser working hours means less energy consumption. It is estimated that by adopting European style of working hours, we could reduce up to 20 percent in carbon emissions. When the US State Utah refined their working days with an extra hour from Monday to Thursday, they saved more than 1.3 million pounds.
Less working means lesser need to use office space, less lighting, less use of air conditioning facility and less time spent working on computers and no need to keep the computers working means less electricity as well. People also save on time it takes to commute from office home and vice versa. Therefore, by cutting down all this, we can save our environment.
Other societal impacts could be that people can spend more time with their families and other social activities. Taking care if children or elders and participating in social activities will also increase. In an experiment that was conducted in Sweden during the year 2015, it was observed that fewer work hours reduced sickness and boosted the productivity.
Instead of working more hours, companies should look at working lesser hours with improved productivity and more free time will certainly create a better environment and a safe world in future.
These changes might not happen overnight. Next time you have an extra day off, think about how you are contributing to the environment as well. A day off does not only mean more time with family but less carbon footprint too.
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