When is National 4pm Finish Day 2019, can I really leave work early and which countries work the fewest hours?

NATIONAL 4pm Finish Day is just around the corner, but does that mean you will get to shoot off early from your workplace?

Here’s all you need to know about the one day where you just might be able to get away with an early exit.

What is National 4pm Finish Day and when is it?

Devised by energy drink firm Red Bull, the scheme claims that knocking off early actually improves productivity in the workplace.

Red Bull said: “#4pmFinish isn't about slacking off, it's about being more productive.

"That's why we've surveyed a range of experts – including a scientist, an ex-sports star and a range of successful entrepreneurs – for their tips on clearing your in-tray.”

There may be some science behind the publicity stunt, with previous studies showing the benefits of six-hour work days.

Staff at Oxford University’s Sleep And Circadian Neuroscience Institute have also carried out research, which seems to support a more relaxed working approach – saying a 9am clock-on is at odds with our internal body clocks and it would be better for staff to begin work at 10am.

National 4pm Finish Day always falls on the third Friday of September, making this year's date September 20.

Can I leave work early on Friday?

Anyone who is out-and-about from 2pm to 4pm on a Friday will know that there are a hell of a lot of workers who manage to start the weekend early.

Many of those are doing jobs that can be picked up again on Monday.

But you can only get away early if that is the culture of your job.

Under employment law you are required to carry out the full working day unless otherwise excused by your manager.

Which Western countries work the least hours?

  1. Italy works the least in the world — 960 hours per year (or an average of 20 hours per week)
  2. This is followed by France — 1,007 hours per year
  3. Belgium — 1,011 hours per year

Britain comes eleventh working 1,143 hours a year.

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