It may seem like the 40-hour workweek has been a standard in our society forever, but, in reality, it’s a fairly new development. For a long time, people worked 12+ hours a day, six days a week. It’s only since the mid-20th century that eight hours a day, five days a week has been the norm, and there’s reason to think our workweek should be even shorter.
In recent years, many businesses have begun to offer employees shorter workweeks. At 43 percent of companies, some or all employees are given the option to work four days a week. While the practice is still pretty new, many have found that it’s beneficial, not just for employees, but for their companies as well. Here are some reasons why the four-day workweek makes sense for everybody.
Well-rested employees are more productive. Happy employees are more productive. Shorter workweeks make your employees better rested, happier, and more productive. Jason Fried, the CEO of software company 37signals, wrote an op-ed in the New York Times touting the productivity gains his company experienced when transitioning to a four-day workweek for the summers.
Businesses have one of two popular options when scheduling a four-day workweek. They can do 8-hour days, 32-hour weeks, relying on increased productivity to make up the difference. They can also work longer hours during the four days (a 4-day, 40-hour week arrangement), getting more work done potentially and still keeping that traditional 40-hour workweek.
Better For Families
Everyone knows how hard it is to achieve work-life balance. A recent survey revealed that nearly two thirds of employees agreed that work-life balance is the most important factor in overall satisfaction. The four-day workweek makes it easier for parents to balance the demands of work and raising children.
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