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Is a 4-day workweek in our nation's future?

This is the story that YOU wanted to hear us talk about! It received 90 percent of the vote in our Radioactive poll!

A new study reveals that five-day weeks may actually make us less productive.

According to the Organisation [sic] for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), most countries work less than five days a week, with a general increase in productivity.

[W]orkplace productivity doesn't increase with hours worked, the OECD concluded. Workers in Greece clock 2,034 hours a year versus 1,397 in Germany, for example, but the latter's productivity is 70 percent higher.

Not only can a five-day workweek decrease productivity, it can actually harm assignments, projects -- and even the workers themselves.

A 2004 report by the Centers for Disease Control "linked overtime to poorer overall health, and other research has suggested that working long hours can lead to depression."

A 2005 study from the nonprofit Family and Work Institute said 20 percent of employees polled said they felt overworked and made mistakes while doing their job.

Working one less day a week would also help the environment, as people would commute less and reduce their electricity usage.

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Mac Watson & Larry Gaydos represent "the younger generation of talk…because we grew up in a different era." To someone who has never listened, Mac Watson and Larry Gaydos describe their show as,  "relatable stories that emotionally connect with our audience…. basically, stuff that affects our daily lives here in Arizona."

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