The idea of a four-day-or-less workweek is gaining momentum around the world – big thanks to the boom in remote working during the Covid-19 pandemic.
A recent study by 4 Day Week Global, a nonprofit group that has piloted four-day-a-week programs in several countries, found that employees were satisfied with their productivity and overall performance.
“The idea of reducing working hours has been around for a while,” said Charlotte Lockhart, founder and chief executive of 4 Day Week Global. “However, it’s real now. We have thousands of companies around the world that are reducing working hours in one way or another.”
However, reducing the working week to four days is not suitable for all companies. Alter Agents, a Los Angeles-based market research firm, found that it didn’t work for its employees.
“What happened after 10 weeks was that our most valuable metrics, which were employee health and mental health, had declined in our [before and after] said Rebecca Brooks, CEO of Alter Agents. “There are a lot of reasons for this, but ultimately the goal was to make life easier for our employees, and we were making it more complicated.
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