You’ve probably heard the news by now: The four-day workweek — a privilege that before the pandemic seemed hard to imagine — is all the rage.
While skipping a fifth of the workweek may still not be possible in some industries (like banking, law or politics), many companies, especially in the startup and tech sectors, says that a four-day week’s test drive is a revelation.
People are generally more productive, happier working there, and even more thoughtful about the work they’re doing — all without any tangible impact on the company’s bottom line. company. Almost 9 out of 10 (88%) leaders at 73 companies have switched to a four-day schedule as part of UK’s well-publicized six-month pilot program said the transition went well.
The new schedule is “phenomenal”, Lisa Gilberta British banker participating in the pilot program told CNN Business. She says free Fridays have made a difference in both work and life. “I find that I’m saying, ‘Yes, we can’ as opposed to ‘No, sorry, we can’t.”
On the personal side, life also appears much easier. Among workers who transition to a four-day week, according to Juliet Schor, a sociologist and economist at Boston University who tracks trends, the percentage sleeps less than seven hours a night. down from 42.6% to 14.5%.
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, program director at 4 Day Week Global, a nonprofit that advises companies on transitioning to a four-day workweek, has more than doubled from 100 since in 2020, estimate Luck.
Not only in the UK, even US-based companies are participating — here’s a list of those that offer 100% pay for a four-day week.
- Act now alliance
- Boulder County, Colo.
- Carbon switch
- Charlie Hustle
- Common future
- Company printing ink
- Immensely wide
- Crew for all
- Deep channel
- Local delivery
- D’Youville College
- Index number
- Flight control
- Interactive Guns
- Digital Halftone
- Kale & Flax
- KMPC Los Angeles
- National Park Conservation Association
- Fake game
- Seed & Spark
- Iguana slug plate
- Standard Notes
- Financial diet
- Not discovered yet
- Volt Athletics
- Yac (32 hour work week spread over 5~6 hour day)
And these US companies are allowing employees to work four days a week at 80% pay:
- Always fresh
- Azavea (after 6 months probationary period)
- Blue fabric (also considered a 3-day week with 60% of salary)
- To listen
- Usability Center
Companies that remain staunchly against this practice may one day outnumber. After all, the five-day workweek isn’t always here. Henry Ford invented it just 100 years ago. In 1938, an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) passed a resolution defining the standard as 40 hours a week, and any work beyond that was paid. overtime.
But as we know in 2020, long-standing standards do not align with evolving priorities.
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