Is the five-day workweek outdated? Here's what's next
For many people around the world, the five-day workweek seems to be how life has always functioned, and, for some, five days has even been the minimum. But as our societies develop and issues like burnout become more prevalent, we’re starting to take a closer look at the system we took for granted, and perhaps noticing some great disparities between our work hours and productivity. In one of the largest trials of a four-day week yet, 61 British businesses—including banks, fast-food restaurants, and marketing agencies—gave their workers one paid day off a week to see if they could do the same work more effectively in less time. After logging sharp drops in worker turnover and sick days while maintaining productivity throughout the six-month trial, more than 90% of the companies said they would continue testing the shorter week, while 18 already planned to make it permanent, reports the Wall Street Journal. The idea of the four-day work week seems quite radical to many, especially with the 100/80/100 principle, but it’s actually been proven by big companies to have various benefits, which both you and your company, and hopefully your government, will want to pay attention to. Click through to learn more, and start making your case!