It’s very rare to hear someone talk about how much they love their job. In fact, it’s so rare that it almost frightens me. Why do so many people work jobs that they don’t like? I know we all need money to survive and people have families to provide for. Excuses, excuses. Just kidding.
Then I started thinking what things could be done in order to make everyone’s work day a little brighter without them having to quit their job?
So in my attempt to revolutionize the working world, I came up with 3 things that I would change in the workplace.
1. Shorter hours– This just seems like a no-brainer. Who came up with the conclusion that we should work 8 hours a day, have 8 hours of free time and have 8 hours of sleep? First of all, that is complete bullcrap! If you have an hour commute, guess what? That either takes a way an hour from your free time, or from your sleep time. My feelings on this subject are that people should only work 5-6 hours a day. Why you ask?
It’s not because I’m lazy. I think the best thing about shorter hours is that it gives people more time to live life. You know life. That thing that is slowly slipping by while you are sitting at your desk. I don’t think we were made to work the majority of our life away inside a cubicle with a computer.
Not only will shorter hours allow you to live life, but you will also get to spend more time with your family and friends doing things that you enjoy.
Also, the whole evolution of work hours has changed drastically. It used to be 9-5, and now it has turned into 8-6, or 7-6. Why do we do this to ourselves? It can’t be healthy. Working too many long hour days can cause addictions to coffee and fast food. It can also lead to sleep deprivation and a little thing called “early death syndrome.” Sitting around for the better part of the day also makes us too tired to exercise when we have the free time. I propose we make work days 5-6 hours, and allow people to live!
Side Note: Every one always looks forward to Friday. I think if we made working hours shorter, people wouldn’t be living for just one day out of the whole week.
2. More work from home days– Commuting is a french word for “aneurysm.”
I think we can all agree that driving to work sucks. I only have to drive 20 minutes to get to work and it’s the longest 20 minutes of the day. I have no clue how people drive over an hour to work.
Just think, if more companies had work from home days, I think a lot more would get accomplished. You can roll out of bed, do some work, take a break, eat, and do whatever. Of course, I’m assuming that if you’re reading this, then you are a responsible worker who is capable of getting their work done without a boss looking over your shoulder. Because that’s usually the type of person that is attracted to this blog.
Work from home days can help save gas, money, and allows you to be there for your family while getting work done. It also allows people, who can’t afford to commute that far, an opportunity to get a better job than what they could find close to their home. It would also allow me the pleasure of getting work done in my pajamas.
3. Longer lunch breaks– I get an hour lunch break so I can’t complain. But some people I know only get 15-30 minutes for a lunch break. Are you kidding me? What can you eat in 15 minutes?
Short lunch breaks also promote bad health and bad eating habits. If you have a short break and you didn’t prepare a lunch, you’re going to be filling up on junk food. Junk food will in turn, make the rest of the day seem horrible because you aren’t properly nourished. Lack of nourishment causes poor performance and the next thing you know, you’re fired!
Think about it though. If you allow your workers to have longer lunch breaks, they can eat healthier, eat slower, digest and get back and most likely do a better job for your company.
So there you have it, shorter hours, more work from home days and longer lunch breaks are great ways to make the work place a better place. Now let’s all hold hands and just get along.
What are some other improvements you’d like to see in the workplace? Tell me about them in a comment!