Here's How Doing Away with the 40-hour Workweek Benefits Our Health

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When the COVID-19 pandemic began, many people with office jobs worked remotely for the first time. Now, telework — or hybrid work models, which see employees splitting their time between the office and home — seem to becoming the (new) norm. At first, the shift to remote work might've felt strange, but, as time has gone on, many workers have discovered some unexpected work-from-home benefits, namely that this kind of work schedule is a bit more flexible and convenient. 

Despite the ongoing vaccine rollout, many Americans want the work-from-home option to stick around. Even more exciting? This move to remote work has opened up other conversations surrounding what's best for workers and their career/personal life balances. For example, some employees are imploring their companies to not only develop better telework policies, but more robust time-off and vacation policies, too. 

But workers and labor activists alike are considering even larger, more sweeping changes. That is, this newfound need for flexibility has many wondering if it's time to rethink the 40-hour workweek. Is it time to cut down on working hours across the board? Here, we'll delve into how shifting away from the stringent, long-standing 40-hour workweek can impact our health — both physical and mental — for the better.