Is It Time for Your Company to Try a 4 Day Work-Week?

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Even before a global pandemic made “Work-from-home” a common term, pockets of geographies around the world were testing out a four day work-week.

Iceland’s trial of a shorter work week has been widely reported as a “success”. Iceland’s trials ran between 2015-2019 cutting the work week hours from the typical 40 hours to 35-36 hours. After the trial, it was found that 86% of workers in Iceland were able to secure new contracts for working fewer hours.

Countries such as New Zealand, Canada, Spain, Finland and Japan are either already testing this out or at least seriously considering it.

The argument for at least considering a shortened work week is that it could be good for business (especially if it means it’s good for the people who run & work these businesses).

Besides, have you ever stopped to wonder how did we ever end up with a 9-5 (or 9-6 in some regions) work day?

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