The four-day workweek is a popular idea that has been gaining momentum in recent years. It is also an idea that should be attractive to both employers and employees. It’s easy to see why: fewer hours worked means more time off, but it also means less stress and higher productivity during those four days.
The four-day workweek is not a pipe dream – it is already practiced in companies around the world. It has also been shown to improve productivity and employee retention.
A study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology found that, on average, employees feel happier and more productive when they are allowed to work from home one day a week. And according to a survey by Right Management, 87% of workers want flexible work schedules.
That’s exactly what more companies are doing by experimenting with a shorter work week. They are seeing incredible results: lower turnover, better employee engagement and higher productivity.
There are many ways to implement this change in work hours, but one of the most common approaches is to move away from the traditional 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. workday and move to an 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. schedule. This way, employees have more time off during the week without their employer having to give up any additional pay or benefits.
The best part is that it does not have to be all or nothing: Companies can start small by experimenting with a four-day work week and see how it goes. If productivity goes down, revert back to five days. The beauty of this approach is that you do not have to make any big commitments – just try it out and see what happens!
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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.
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