The Costs and Benefits of the Four Day Work Week

Posted by Admin 09.09.20

It’s an intriguing debate that can almost be seen as a mixed bag.

Nearly a century since Henry Ford introduced the the 5 day work week, we are now facing the next revolution in the workplace; The 4 Day Work Week. Is it advantageous? Is it disadvantageous? What does it really mean? Let’s take a dive into it.

There are currently 3,300 UK workers at 70 businesses taking part in the world’s biggest trial of the four-day week. Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it? Well for some of the companies, it is that. But for others, less working hours isn’t all its cracked up to be.

The four day work week, also known as the “compressed workweek,” is a scheduling arrangement where employees work the same number of hours as a traditional workweek, but in fewer days. For example, instead of working five 8-hour days, an employee on a four day work week schedule would work four 10-hour days.


More time for “me”

Whether you have a Friday off or a Monday off, there will undoubtedly more time on your hands. Perhaps this is the main driving factor for most employees, as long have we embraced bank holiday weekends as the perfect chance to get away. Now we could have this every week, whether you want it for chasing extra time with your family, traveling or even studying for masters degree.

Increased Productivity

One benefit is increased productivity. By condensing the workweek into four longer days, employees may be more focused and able to complete their tasks more efficiently. A four day work week may also lead to increased work-life balance for employees, as they have an additional day off each week to pursue personal interests or spend time with family.


Added Stress

In addition to these potential benefits, there are also some costs to consider when implementing a four day work week. One cost is the potential for increased fatigue among employees, as they are working longer days. This could lead to increased absenteeism and reduced productivity.

Customer Coverage

Additionally, a four day work week may require additional staffing or extended operating hours to cover the same amount of work as a traditional workweek. For example, it may be harder to offer a more complete customer service experience with less staff working the full 5 days.

Overall, the decision to implement this new way of working should be based on a thorough evaluation of the costs and benefits for a particular organization. While it may offer some benefits, such as increased productivity and work-life balance, it is important to carefully consider the potential costs and any potential impacts on the organization as a whole.

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