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Office worker cutout If pay stayed constant, 34 percent of respondents say their ideal work week would be four days long, while 20 percent voted for three. (Photo: Shutterstock)

In a survey of employees in eight different countries, the vast majority—78 percent—say that if they could do their work without being interrupted, they could get everything done in less than seven hours a day. In fact, 45 percent say they could do it all in less than five hours a day.

Still, according to the survey from The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated, 71 percent say that work is interfering with their personal lives. And in the kickoff to a series by The Workforce Institute at Kronos and Future Workplace on how employees view their relationship with work, the first part—“The Case for a 4-Day Workweek”—explores how employees spend their time while on the clock and whether the standard 40-hour workweek is really the most effective.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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