Should Companies Go to a Four-Day Workweek?

TV Interview for CTV News on Four-Day Workweek, Remote Work. The interview was conducted in English and released in 2021.

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When you have a busy schedule, it can be difficult to find time for everything you need to do. If you have a full-time job, that often means cramming all your tasks into the same five days.

But what if there was another option? What if there were more hours in the day? That’s exactly what some companies are trying with the four-day workweek.

The idea is pretty simple: instead of working five days per week, employees work fewer days per week. For example, instead of working 40 hours per week, they could work only 32 hours per week (or less).

A four-day workweek could have several benefits in terms of increased morale and productivity. A four-day workweek also provides more flexibility for parents and caregivers who need to care for their children during the week.

However, a shorter work week also has some drawbacks. For example, some companies cannot afford it as easily as others. It is also unclear whether such measures would lead to higher wages or benefits for workers in the companies that introduce them.

I had the pleasure of answering a few questions on the four-day workweek yesterday for CTV News. If you don’t know what the four-day workweek is, or if you want to know if it works, this video is for you! CTV News also wrote a nice article to go along the interview.

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About Me

JN Reyt

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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