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Should We Switch To A 5-Hour Work Day? This Local CEO Thinks So

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Should We Switch To A 5-Hour Work Day? This Local CEO Thinks So


Stephan Aarstol, CEO, Tower Paddle Boards


The age of the nine-to-five is over at one San Diego company.

Tower Paddle Boards in Mira Mesa has moved to a five-hour work day, and it appears to be making a big impact inside and outside the office.

Stephan Aarstol, the company's founder and CEO, said revenues and productivity climbed and his employees are healthier and happier.

Aarstol, a winner of the reality TV show "Shark Tank," has written a book about it: "The Five Hour Work Day: Live Differently, Unlock Productivity and Find Happiness."

"The idea here is you're putting a time constraint on your productivity," Aarstol told KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday. "It forces you to find creative solutions. ... It's kind of like finals week every day, and that forces you to work faster."

Would it work for companies that aren't in the beach lifestyle business?

Aarstol said that although the five-hour work day particularly suits Tower Paddle Boards, it can work for other workplaces as well.

"Two years ago, we were named the fastest-growing company in San Diego," he said. "Last year, we were No. 239 on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing companies in the nation. We're a startup; we're an internet marketing company that just happens to own a surf brand."


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