A five-day, 40-hour workweek may work well when output is measured by items coming down an assembly line, but productivity is different when it comes to knowledge work.
The pandemic disrupted standard ways of working and created an experiment where companies learned that productivity isn’t measured by hours in a chair.
“Our best work never comes when we’re stressed and maxed out. It’s intuitive but research points to it, too. When you move to a four-day workweek with strong boundaries around when work starts and stops, employees are often more creative and more productive.”
Most of us have heard of Parkinson’s Law, which says that work expands to fill the time available for its completion. Adopting four-day workweek forces you to examine what you’re doing and drop the things you should not be spending time doing.
No supervisor wants to look like they made numbers drop due to an experiment. They want credit for being innovative.
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