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The Impact of Working a 4-Day Week

The Impact of Working a 4-Day Week


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The four-day workweek has potential benefits

The four-day workweek is a 32-hour workweek with no loss in productivity, pay, or benefits. 

Studies show that productivity decreases as the hours worked increase. Making 32 hours the norm instead of 40 can lead to improved well-being without losing work productivity. 

Many companies ...

The origins of working less

Ford Motor Co. and the industrial revolution made it possible to work five days instead of six. It began as an experiment at some plants in July 1926 and became company policy two months later.

In 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Ac (FLSA) mandated a minimum wage of 25 cents per hour, a 44-ho...

Data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) show that the average annual hours worked by employed people in 2020 were

  • 25.6 per week in Germany
  • 34 per week for Americans
  • 32 per week for Canadians
  • 26 per week in the UK
  • ...

Goal of a four-day  workweek

Workers' quality of life can improve with a four-day workweek. People will have more time for

  • Quality time with family, friends, and pets
  • Caregiving
  • Healthcare appointments
  • Personal development
  • Education
  • Travel
  • Hobbies

  • Some organisations use a four-day week to save costs by not maintaining pay and benefits.
  • A 32-hour work week may lead to a lack of work ethic.
  • A four-day week of 10-hour days can be incompatible with wage regulations or be t...

  • Iceland ran a pilot four-day workweek program from 2015 to 2019. The results published in 2021 showed that workers were less burnt out while having more time for family.
  • Several trials are done on the four-day workweek in Spain.
  • Unilever in

Strategies to succeed with a 4-day workweek

  • Prioritize and reevaluate tasks
  • Minimize interruptions and distractions
  • Increase automation
  • Focus on human creativity
  • Reduce work-based social events
  • Reduce and shorten meetings
  • Spend less time on email and messaging apps
  • Define clear g...

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