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Three-day working week ‘optimal for over-40s’ – BBC News

Workers aged over 40 perform at their best if they work just three days a week, according to economic researchers.

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As a person who is starting to approach her fifties (yikes!) in a couple years, I find this to be so true. Or for me, it’s even just letting me work from home three times a week rather than dragging myself into the office every single day.  I know that my brain takes a little longer to rev up in the morning, and conks out earlier, so shortened hours would be great. I think the other thing about this study or the article–which admits that the study is a little flawed–is that for many people, responsibilities shift when you hit your forties. Many have children who are teenagers and college-age students by then, and there’s a lot going on with that. Or, after your forties, you might have more to do with aging parental care. But somehow, I think adults generally have more responsibilities once they hit their forties, and it just doesn’t let up anymore. 

I know I’d welcome a shorter week, or at least shortened hours. What do you think of this article? Include your comments below. 

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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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