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Shorter working hours make us happier - and more productive. Here’s why.

More flexible working hours would benefit everyone

Shorter working hours make us happier - and more productive. Here’s why.

More flexible working hours would benefit everyone

Shorter working hours make us happier - and more productive. Here’s why.

More flexible working hours would benefit everyone

Shorter working hours make us happier - and more productive. Here’s why.

More flexible working hours would benefit everyone

Indians work some of the longest hours in the world.

The Indian Ministry of Labour is considering a change in the labour laws to allow for greater flexibility in working hours, introducing the option of a four-day week for companies.

The idea of a three-day weekend sounds tempting – yet the policy change does not address the maximum working hours a company can impose on employees, which will still be fixed at forty-eight hours per week. Split over four days, that’s twelve hours a day.

Yet even that could be manageable. The real problem is that so many employees in Indian corporations are obliged to give their employers more time than the official maximum of forty-eight hours. Even when you know that it’s your legal right to stop working and go home, it’s hard to say no to your boss. Particularly when your colleagues are still at their desks too, because it’s become such a normal part of working culture.

Taking a stand could mean losing your job altogether. So you stay a little longer at the office.

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