The 40-hour work week is accepted by most of us as standard but does the tradition – born from a 19th century reformation that equally divides a worker’s day into graft, recreation and rest – make sense for today’s advances in the way we think, work and live?

The following infographic from project management software developer Podio examines how our working practices affect our productivity and offers variations on patterns of working for staff to get the most out of their day.

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Steff joined the HRreview editorial team in November 2014. A former event coordinator and manager, Steff has spent several years working in online journalism. She is a graduate of Middlessex University with a BA in Television Production and will complete a Master's degree in Journalism from the University of Westminster in the summer of 2015.