Working 25 hours/week = Peak Performance

 

3 day work week

A new study has found that working overtime can hamper your brain’s function more than not working at all.

The optimum number of hours to work in order to keep the synapses firing, is 25 hours.

Australians are working far too many hours, according to Colin McKenzie, Economics Professor at Keio University in Japan.

So if you’re working more than three days a week, you may want to start going home early on a regular basis.  Tell your boss it will be worth it thanks to the increased productivity you’ll be able to achieve.

As a nation, we are known for our strong work ethic and long hours, with official figures showing that about 8.2 million Australians work full-time and 3.8 million work part-time.

For every hour worked beyond the optimum 25, there was a steady decline in cognitive function.  Men and women showed the same results in the study.  There are so many cracking yarns to be had here at the impact this will have on our social make-up, stigmas men and women carry for the part-time v full-time productivity & office politics debate, but it doesn’t help the conversation that needs to happen around changing our workforce to suit our lifestyle choices better.

FlexConnect believes and endorses the pursuit of flexibility.  Our latest PodCastentitled “Family Ties – Green Eggs & Chipps” pursues the cultural observations, stigmas and gender roles that society has viewed and how current stereotypes are undergoing re-shaping.

Interestingly in relation to our ageing population, The Melbourne Institute study examined 6500 Australian workers aged 40 and over, testing them on their working memory, linguistic skills, concentration and information processing speed, and cross-referencing the results with data on their working hours.

The study authors noted that their results may impact on the “use it or lose it” theory, which posits that older people suffer a mental decline after retirement if they do not keep their brains active.  So, how do we keep this demographic engaged, contributing and healthy in our pursuit for lifestyle satisfaction.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/25-hours-workweek-peak-performance-helen-butler?published=t

PodCast: Chewing the Fat on Flexibility

Chewing the Fat on Flexibility – What is it about?

Leonie Green and Helen Butler could see a pattern emerging. Over great food and a glass of wine (or two) the same conversation kept coming up… it went along the lines of …

How lucky are we to be doing work we love, in a flexible way that works for us and our families. We should be celebrating this fact, but instead, as we look around, we see workplaces that are not adopting flexible approaches fast enough and people crying out for flexibility and not being heard – or oftentimes not crying out at all for fear of the consequences and living with constant frustration or quietly exiting and desperately trying to find an alternative.

 Helen and Leonie decided that rather than pour another wine (well, actually as well as pouring another wine), they would go out and see what could be done about this state of affairs.

Helen started a Flex Connect Community as a means of starting a conversation online about what’s happening, what’s good, what are the possibilities, what can we see elsewhere that might suit our workplaces here in Australia.

And then having been completely obsessed with the podcast Chat10Looks3, Leonie and Helen decided to harness their inner “Crabb and Sales” and try the podcasting world – it seemed to naturally suit their enjoyment of chatting and being an audio format rather than video, they could do so in a very flexible way, with a glass of wine in their hands wherever possible!

Leonie and Helen both run their own consulting firms, Helen launched Inspired People Solutions around 10 years ago, and Leonie launched Conscious Workplace two years ago. As you might be able to glean from the business names they chose, they were both looking to do something slightly different from the norm. So flexibility as a topic of conversation is a common one, and one to which they both bring a level of expertise and passion.

The format of the podcast is a conversation – hence the “chewing the fat” – preferably over good food or bubbles/wine or bot

Click here to listen to our PodCasts: https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/chewing-fat-on-flexibility/id1076211776?mt=2

 

 

 

Celebrating 10 Years!

 

10 years

We are so excited that 2016 marks our 10 year anniversary and we are delighted to say Thank You for being so much apart of this journey.   Our valued clients, candidates and business partners, we are delighted to extend to you our celebratory offer!

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