Four-Day Work Week?
What do you think about a Four-Day Work Week? Positive results are coming out after a trial kicked off last year in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. See quotes from a Washington Post and Today articles below. I can confirm that many of my clients are resistant to returning to the normal work week, post-COVID. Many are seeking online or hybrid positions and many are looking for alternative schedules, such as on and off periods of work, four 10-hour days, or two or more streams of income, including part-time businesses.
"Kickstarter and more companies are seeing amazing results after they tried out a four-day workweek in 2022.
Last year, a trial kicked off in the U.S, Canada and the U.K...and many companies found that their productivity increased in ways that they could never imagine...The non-profit group 4 Day Week Global reported that out of the 61 companies that participated in the U.K. trial, at least 56 were continuing with the four-day week, with 18 saying the policy is a permanent change.
The organization also found that people were better able to balance their home and family commitments, while company revenue increased by 35% on average in comparison to the same period from last year."
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From the Washington Post:
Michelle, a 49-year-old media executive, said that, "...After working three- and then four-day weeks when she returned from maternity leave in 2015, she noticed a “stark” difference when she shifted back to five-day weeks...
“Suddenly, it felt like my entire life was about work,” she says. She came “close to burnout” and, when her contract at that company ended, she was clear with prospective employers that she wanted to work four days a week. In her current position, she has Fridays off and is paid 80 percent of what she would earn if she worked five days.
“It feels like I can breathe,” she said. “It feels like I’m not constantly behind with my family life and feeling guilty and like squashing all of the jobs and errands and everything into two days.”
Kristina Bennett Cheney, MA, Career Counselor, helping mid-career professionals who are burnt out and frustrated in careers that drain their energy, to discover and transition to meaningful careers that fit and energize them.