The five-day workweek, 9AM to 5PM, was invented 100 years ago for factory workers. We live in a different world today. Most of us can work from anywhere, any time. Why not change the way we work?
The four-day workweek brings with it many advantages:
- More free time. You would have three full days off per week, instead of just two. If you want to further your education or volunteer with an organization, you can do so without worrying about taking vacation time.
- Less stress and more enjoyment at work. People who have more control over their days report feeling less stressed and happier at work than those who do not have that control.
- More time for family and better relationships with colleagues and supervisors. Without the constant pressure of having to be in the office at certain times every day, people could spend more time with their families and friends outside of work – which would increase employee engagement and job satisfaction.
I was invited yesterday to discuss the topic of the four-day workweek on Radio Canada, in the morning show “Le Réveil”. If you understand French, I encourage you to have a listen.
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I am an associate professor of organizational behavior at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management, where I conduct research on the future of work and conflict resolution in the workplace.
I teach organizational behavior and negotiation at all academic levels. I also lead negotiation workshops for corporations and work one-on-one with managers as a negotiation coach.