Early morning going to the office and reaching home late in the evening has become everyone’s schedule in this hectic life. A human being has to work 5 days every week with two-day weekends and some weeks of annual holiday. But what if you had a Four Day Work Week? The idea of a four-day workweek sounds like an exciting idea, but is it for everyone? Let’s know what actually is a Four-Day Workweek?
For Americans, working eight hours per day, five days a week is a standard full-time workweek. In case, if you switch to the new idea of working for four days, you still have to work for 40 hours with working 10 hours per day. This arrangement will be dependent on employee wants and business needs as well. Also, the work off of an extra day doesn’t have to be on a Monday or Friday so that the employee gets a three-day weekend.
Many businesses also talk about vacation based on hours or days. But this is possible only when everyone in the office works a four-day workweek. However, if you have some people working a traditional workweek and some an alternate schedule, this won’t be possible.
Benefits of the Four-Day Workweek
There are many studies which show various advantages of Four Day Workweek such as it reduces stress, increased productivity, and it creates a happy environment of work, it ensures a good work-life balance, and it advocates for customer satisfaction as well.
The idea of Four Day Workweek was introduced by a New Zealand company. They brought the concept that employees could work four standard days, not five, but would be paid their usual salary. After observation which lasted eight weeks, it showed that it worked. Employees’ sense of work-life balance increased from 54% to 78%. They witnessed a decrease in stress level. Above all, the new idea didn’t compromise the work productivity. And now the company is making it permanent for their employees.
The head of the New Zealand company was inspired to take the decision after reading a research stating that the average British employee is productive only 2.5 hours a day. CEO Andrew Barnes said, “I thought, well, that’s interesting. If I gave people a day off a week to do all the other stuff that got in the way–all the little problems that you might have outside of work–would you then get better productivity in the office in the four days when people worked?”