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The five-day working week has been the norm since the 1920s. When employers such as Henry Ford (founder of Ford Motor Company) decided having two days off, the weekend, would make workers more productive.
However, is just two days off the way to increase productivity as much as possible?
In March of this year, many companies around the UK trialed this shorter week, with 92% of employers saying they would keep the change, as some said it created a “better work-life balance”.
Alternatively, some companies found they didn’t have the funds to support one day less a week of work.
This week our voters pondered the question whether a four-day week is a good idea. Using their own experience and the impact this would have on their parents and carers, our younger voters considered the practicalities of this. While our older voters contemplated the impact of a 4-day week on different sectors and industries.
"I don’t want to go to school for 4 days, I want to go for 5 because I will
be able to learn more. If we don't finish our work in 4 days, we will fall
“It lowers the stress rates whilst allowing the workers to be more flexible,
do more work and have a social life / spend time with family.”
"I believe a four day working week would drastically improve people’s
lives and wellbeing. More and more people are suffering from burnout
and by working one less day a week it gives workers a chance to relax
and come back stronger the next week.”
We had a fantastic response from our Impact Partners this week.
This includes companies that took part in the UK trial of a four day working week as well as the Four Day Week Global Campaign.
Watch the videos below to hear the views of Dr Dale Whelehan, CEO of the Four Day Week Global Campaign, which is campaigning for a four day working week in organisations across the world.
Henry Stewart, Chief Happiness Officer of Happy Ltd a consultancy for leadership and corporate culture.
Louise Verity, Director of Bookishly, a supplier of gifts and bookish merchandise to the cultural sector.
Simon Girling, Director of Girling Jones Recruitment Consultants who specialise in the construction sector.