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view of windows in office building While the relationships between health, productivity and the workplace are complicated, research provides tantalizing perspectives into the potential of getting these elements right in the workplace. (Photo: Bloomberg)

With a flurry of research on 4-day workweeks and 5-hour workdays, the notion of how our days are best structured is gaining increasing attention. As it should. The concept of the eight-hour workday is itself a relatively recent invention with Robert Owen discussing the division of the day into three equal parts–“eight hours labor, eight hours recreation, eight hours rest”–in 1817.

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