The idea of a four-day workweek is hot. Is it right for your business?
- Initial research shows that a four-day workweek may improve productivity and employee well-being.
- Work-from-home policies created during the pandemic have shown that greater flexibility in terms of where and when people work is possible.
- Creating a four-day workweek involves more than just giving employees one day off per week. It requires creativity, thoughtfulness and communication.
- This article is for entrepreneurs considering implementing a four-day workweek at their companies.
Though many treat the 40-hour, five-day workweek as a preordained standard for the American workplace, the reality is that it was created by a revision to the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1940. The 40-hour five-day workweek emerged during a time when communities were smaller and tighter-knit, working remotely was impossible, and 1 in 3 women did not work outside the home. The world has changed so much. Is it time for the structure of the workweek to change too?