Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Knock off Wednesday: working 3-day week is best for overs-40s

2 December 2016

Whitehall II findings were cited in a Times article reporting on the benefits of a three-day week for the over-40s. 


The article, which was reporting the results of an Australian survey of 6,500 participants, referred to Whitehall II data analysis which found that those who worked up to 55 hours a week did worse in a series of cognitive tests than those who generally kept to 40 hours at most.   

Long working hours and cognitive function: the Whitehall II Study. Virtanen M, Singh-Manoux A, Ferrie JE, Gimeno D, Marmot MG, Elovainio M, Jokela M, Vahtera J, Kivimäki M. Am J Epidemiol. 2009 Mar 1;169(5):596-605. 

Links to media coverage stories:

The Times: www.thetimes.co.uk/article/knock-off-on-wednesday-three-day-week-is-best-for-over-40s-nsnl77dr6

Business Matters: http://www.bmmagazine.co.uk/newswire/knock-off-wednesday-three-day-week-best-40s/