‘Burnout coach’ says 8-hour work day is outdated and should be cut down to six

A “ burnout coach ” has explained why she thinks the eight hour working day is outdated.

Emily Ballesteros helps people to find a better life balance and increase their productivity.

And, she says that the way we work needs to dramatically change – and soon.

The TikTok artist explained where the eight hour day came from in her video.

Emily said: "Ford established the eight-hour workday in the early 1900s.

“He established eight hours work, eight hours rest, eight hours sleep, and then start that over again."

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Emily thinks Ford went wrong in two areas.

She explained: "The first is that Ford worked in manufacturing, which means someone standing somewhere for eight hours doing approximately the same task does yield a certain amount of productivity.

“We have rolled over this eight-hour framework into industries where it just does not make sense.

"There are so many industries that are project-based where you don't need eight hours, and by just having someone keep themselves busy for eight hours, you're losing so much productivity."

Emily added: “The second reason this framework is tragically outdated is that this was created at a time when wives stayed home to keep a lot of the household together.

"Where there were no super commuters, commuting hours each day to get to work.

“There was no technology of bringing work home with us."

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She continued: "This was created by one man, in one industry, 100 years ago and we have not improved it.

“Every industry needs to do some critical thinking and figure out what framework works best."

The young woman believes that working hours should be tailored to different roles and jobs.

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Emily explained to Buzzfeed : “In most modern, project-based industries, productivity cannot be measured by hours spent working as they could be in industrial and manufacturing work.

"We have to get away from believing that 'work ethic' and 'having hustle' means you need to push yourself to exhaustion and be willing to compromise your quality of life for work.

"But many people just work to work. They aren't at work to prove they have work ethic, they're at work because they've got 2.5 kids and a Trader Joe's addiction to support.”

Emily explains that a combination of six-hour days and Result Only Work Environments (ROWE) could be the key.

Many companies find that workers who work for six hours a day have greater focus and results .

Whereas ROWE pays people to complete tasks rather than by hours.

Emily noted: "One of the most significant results of these models is the increase in employee satisfaction, which reduces turnover and, in turn, saves the organisation time and money."

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