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November 2019

The Benefits of a 4 Day Work Week for the Employee & Employer

By Political, ThinkingNo Comments
office-icon-by-antony-simpson A lot of employers are looking at the benefits of a 4 day work week for their employees. In the UK its even attracted the attention of The Labour Party, becoming part of their manifesto. The idea is that the employee works the same amount of hours, but over 4 days instead of 5 days.

I like this idea. It seems to be a win-win. The employee gains, but so do employers. Here are the benefits of a 4 day work week for the employee:

  • Increased happiness.
  • A better work/life balance.
  • More time with family and friends.
  • More time to take up hobbies, interests or even volunteering.
  • Better physical health – lower levels of stress, more and better quality sleep, improvement in concentration, memory and problem solving. Possible increased physical fitness due to more time for a better diet and exercise.
  • Increased creativity.
  • Reduced risk of ‘burn out.’
  • A feeling of working to live, rather than living to work.
  • Save money due to less travel and lunch expenses.
  • Less time stuck in traffic on the commute to and from work. As employees will start earlier and finish later.

For Employers:

  • Increased productivity. Employees spend less time on non-work activities and really put their heads down to make the most of the hours they are in work.
  • Lower rates of sickness and a lessened length of sickness absence.
  • Employees that are more engaged.
  • Smarter ways of working developed.
  • Better outcomes from work undertaken.
  • More resilient individuals and teams that find it easier to deal with and adapt to change.
  • Employees give better customer service.
  • Improved communication and collaborative working.
  • Automation of some manual processes leading to increased efficiency.
  • Reduced estate costs – electricity only being used 4 days a week rather than 5 days.
  • More loyalty from staff – They’ll think twice about moving on if it means they’ll have to go back to a five day work week.

What do you think about a four day work week? Leave a comment below.

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I’ve Got A Secret To Tell You…

By Love & Relationships8 Comments

I’ve had three loves in my life. That’s not the secret, just a fact, so keep reading. I’ve had three loves in my life. One’s dead. One’s married to another man. One’s out there living his life having no contact with me. His choice, not mine. I used to say that this man was the man I should have married.

This man drew and framed this gift for me:


The secret is that I’ve kept this all this time. Looking at it every year at around Christmas time.

I’ve kept this all this time, since he drew it in 2004 and looked at it every year at around Christmas time. This is my secret. I’ve realised that by doing so, I’ve kept the love for this man close in my heart. But as I’ve said to many others:

You can’t live in the past.

So I’ve decided to finally let go of this framed drawing. In doing so, I will also release the love for this man from my heart. He is no longer the man I should have married, but the love that I let go.

Take care,


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International Mens Day – Some Inspirational Men In My Life

By Friends & Family, ThinkingNo Comments

Today is:


I have a number of men in my life, in fact they are some of my favourite human beings. They inspire me with their kindness, compassion and wicked sense of humor. These men include:

Papa who is a wonderful listener and has a very dry sense of humor.

Colin from the family that has unofficially adopted me. Colin is fatherly and wise; he is the father that I wish I’d had growing up.

My brother Neil inspires me with his emotional resilience and loyalty. I will always remember his face of absolute child-like joy when jumping in a bin at mum’s to compress the rubbish.

My brother Shaun for always taking life in his stride and never being afraid to make changes to make his life. One massive change he made led to more happiness all round and it no doubt took a lot of courage to face the truth: that neither of them were happy.

My friend Simon inspires me with his ideas, his unique perspective on life and the faith he has in me.

I always feel like the younger soul with these men. But one that they will always nurture and protect.


Take care,


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