Leading doctor advocates four-day work week to reduce stress

Prof. John Ashton, president of the Faculty of Public Health, told The Guardian that the UK is suffering from a “maldistribution of work” where some people work far too hard and others not at all.

“We need a four-day week so that people can enjoy their lives, have more time with their families, and maybe reduce high blood pressure because people might start exercising on that extra day.”

“When you look at the way we lead our lives, the stress that people are under, the pressure on time and sickness absence, [work-related] mental health is clearly a major issue.”

Ashton added that working too many hours can cause excess anxiety, drive people to alcohol and cause relationship problems.

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