A shorter working week? 每週只工作四天

Are we working too much? How does a four-day working week sound to you?
A shorter working week.

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你熱愛自己的工作嗎?一想到要工作一整天,你是無比期待,還是惴惴不安?對於有些人來說,從星期一開始就數著日子,盼著星期五能早早到來,好在週末時光逃離繁瑣枯燥的日常事務。難道我們非要帶著這種情緒工作嗎?本集《隨身英語》探討減少工作時間和提高成效之間的聯繫。

Vocabulary: work 詞彙: 工作

Do you enjoy working? Does the prospect of a day in the office fill you with excitement or dread? And when you’re at your desk do you spend your time clock-watching – longing for the moment when it’s time to switch off your computer and head for home? For some of us, we start the working week on Monday and count the days until Friday when the weekend begins and we have a break from the daily grind. But does it have to be this way?

Hopefully, working brings us some pleasure. And there’s the chance of career development and a pay rise. But surely there is a life outside the office to be enjoyed. And if life is for living, then maybe we should get on living it! Maybe that’s why some people are questioning whether a five-day working week is right for employees and employers alike?

It’s something BBC journalist, Ashitha Nagesh has been investigating. She’s said although technology is supposed to make our working lives easier, giving us more leisure time, “tech has arguably had the opposite effect – it’s enabled an ‘always-on’ culture that means even when you go home, the work doesn’t stop.” It seems we need to do something to find a better work-life balance.

The company Prospect Guardian trialled a four-day week earlier this year and reportedly found workers were less stressed and had a better work-life balance when they had an extra day off in the week, but were still paid for five days. This, in turn, apparently meant they were more productive on the days that they were in the office.

In the UK, the Green Party is calling for a four-day week, which would help people’s “well-being“. Co-leader Sian Berry told the BBC work-life balance was “in crisis” and claims that “people with more fulfilling work and more free time could be more productive”.

A shorter working week is also believed to be better for your health. Research has found that working long hours increases the chance of work-related stress, depression and anxiety. And a project by Project:Time Off and GfK found it was the millennial generation who felt particularly stressed and overworked but were reluctant to use up their annual leave.

So with evidence that we can be more productive and healthier then maybe a four-day week will become a reality for all of us. The next problem would be deciding what to do with your extra free time!

詞彙表

clock-watching (盯著點)總盼著下班
the daily grind 枯燥乏味的日常工作
career development 職業發展
pay rise 加薪、漲工資
employee 員工
employer 雇主
leisure time 業餘休閒時間
work-life balance 工作與生活的平衡
stressed 感到有壓力的,緊張的
productive 富有成效的,生產率高的
well-being 安樂、安康
fulfilling 使人有成就感的
anxiety 焦慮
overworked 工作操勞過度的
annual leave 年假

測驗與練習

1. 閱讀課文並回答問題。

1. Name one of the benefits, mentioned in the article, that you might get from working.

2. What has stopped us from having too much leisure time?

3. Which generation felt they were working too much and getting stressed?

4. True or false? If we enjoy our work we will be more productive.

5. Which word used in the article means ‘not willing to do something’?

2. 請在不參考課文的情況下完成下列練習。選擇一個意思合適的單字填入句子的空格處。

1. ______ need to do more to improve safety in the workplace for their staff.

Employees       Employed       Employers       Employs

2. I have been very ______ and managed to complete four tests in just one hour!

stressed       productive       overworked       fulfilling

3. I keep ______ because this lecture is so boring and I want to go home!

clock-watching       clocking-watch       clock-stopping       watch-clocking

4. Being a volunteer at my local wildlife charity is very enjoyable and ______.

anxiety       overworked       productive       fulfilling

5. My manager says I can work at home on Tuesdays so that is much better for my ______.

balanced work       work-life balance       life-work balance       worked-life balance

答案

1. 閱讀課文並回答問題。

1. Name one of the benefits mentioned in the article that you might get from working.
The possible benefits of working could be enjoying your job, the chance of career development and a pay rise.

2. What has stopped us from having too much leisure time?
Technology has possibly enabled an ‘always-on’ culture that means even when you go home, the work doesn’t stop.

3. Which generation felt they were working too much and getting stressed?
People from the millennial generation felt particularly stressed and overworked.

4. True or false? If we enjoy our work we will be more productive.
True. Sian Berry from the Green Party told the BBC that “people with more fulfilling work and more free time could be more productive”.

5. Which word used in the article means ‘not willing to do something’?
The word is ‘reluctant’. “The millennial generation who felt particularly stressed and overworked and were reluctant to use up their annual leave.”



2. 請在不參考課文的情況下完成下列練習。選擇一個意思合適的單字填入句子的空格處。

1. Employers need to do more to improve safety in the workplace for their staff.

2. I have been very productive and managed to complete four tests in just one hour!

3. I keep clock-watching because this lecture is so boring and I want to go home!

4. Being a volunteer at my local wildlife charity is very enjoyable and fulfilling.

5. My manager says I can work at home on Tuesdays so that is much better for my work-life balance.

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