Draugiem Group: 15 Minute hourly break more Effective

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American Workday

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  samuel@thethinkering.com


During American slavery the average workday was approximately 16-18 work hours daily, six days a week with a hard driving cracker being the rule not the exception. 

This sun up to sun down or can to can’t work day served as a prelude to the current 8-hour work day.  As the United States moved into industrialization many Europeans traveled to the west for a better life.   In an attempt to become more human, the 8-hour workday was born. 

Finland has experimented with a six-hour workday to much applause and closer families. 

Although, in American a former slave state, many Americans can’t make ends meet with an 8-hour workday. 

In a recent article Dr. Travis Bradberry says, “The 8-hour workday was created during the industrial revolution as an effort to cut down on the number of hours of manual labor that workers were forced to endure on the factory floor.”  He continued, “This breakthrough was a more humane approach to work two hundred years ago, yet it possesses little relevance for us today.”

He points out a recent study conducted by the Draugiem Group suggests the ideal work-to-break ratio was 52 minutes of work, followed by 17 minutes of rest.  The study found that employees who took more frequent rests than the hourly optimum were more productive than those who didn't rest at all. 

Get some rest folk!

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