Will a 4-day work week become a trend?
Working 4 days a week could be an ideal way of combining job and the need for spending more time with the family or other personal interest. The number of organizations offering a 4-day work week for the same pay and benefits in order to attract employees and potential candidates are increasing.
The traditional 9-to-5, five-day workweek is being reevaluated as more companies embrace flexible work arrangements. The COVID-19 pandemic further accelerated this shift as remote work became more prevalent. As a result, employees are increasingly advocating for shorter workweeks or alternative schedules.
Several factors contribute to this shift in employee preferences:
Many individuals are prioritizing their personal lives and well-being. They seek a better balance between work and other aspects of their lives, such as family, hobbies, and personal pursuits. A shorter working week can provide more time for leisure, rest, and family commitments.
Burnout and stress
Increased awareness about mental health and the negative effects of prolonged work hours have led employees to seek a healthier work-life balance. Shortening the workweek can help reduce burnout, fatigue, and stress levels, ultimately improving overall well- being and job satisfaction.
Productivity at work
Studies have shown that long work hours do not necessarily correlate with higher productivity. In fact, excessive work hours can lead to diminishing returns, decreased concentration, and increased errors. A British survey showed that the average employee spends 65 minutes reading online news during a normal working day. On top of that they spend averagely 40 minutes on social media and 26 minutes on seeking for a new job during a working day. This survey indicates that it is not the number of working hours that are significant but our efficiency at work. By condensing a shorter work week, employees may experience higher focus, efficiency, and job satisfaction.
The 4 days work week are mostly requested by female candidates with young children and is today only requested by a minimum number of our candidates, but still an interesting trend to follow.
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