Are 4-Day Work Weeks the Key to Happiness & Increased Productivity?

Some companies have been testing it out!

July 20, 2018

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It's finally Friday! This work week felt like it dragged along so slowly! But alas, the weekend and downtime are just a few hours away. 

I remember reading a theory last year about workplace productivity. In case you didn't know, it's at an all-time low in the US. American workers are tired, stressed, overwhelmed, or just unhappy with their jobs. This is making people turn to other things to help them get through the workday like social media and games on their phones. Last year, it was proposed that the way to fix this lack of productivity would be to move to a four day work week instead of a five-day work week. 

A company in New Zealand actually put this idea to the test allowing employees to work four days while still being paid for five days. The results of this trial were so positive that the company is looking to make four day work weeks a permanent thing. 

Perpetual Guardian, a company that manages trusts, wills, and estates found that this new work schedule increased employee productivity. “Supervisors said the staff was more creative, their attendance was better, they were on time, and they didn’t leave early or take long breaks,” Mr. Haar said. “Their actual job performance didn’t change when doing it over four days instead of five.”

Employees felt like this new schedule gave them a better work-life balance. With another day off they were able to spend more time with their family and out enjoying life. 

Do you think your job could allow you to go to a four day work week?