A Four-Day Work Week Would Be Awesome…Or Would It?
After a nice long four-day holiday weekend over Thanksgiving, I found myself thinking how nice it would be to have a shorter work week. Of course, a radio station must always be “on.” There are no days when we’re “closed.” Well, our offices close, but we must have music and programming coming out of those speakers every day. But nowadays many businesses are finding that more employees would rather work four 10-hour days rather than five 8-hour days. Do you think a 4-day work week is better?
The Changing Environment Of America’s Workplace
The COVID-19 pandemic certainly changed the working environment of America’s businesses. In fact, it altered those environments all over the world. Many employees worked remotely for months at a time. Then, when things started getting back to normal, many still worked remotely a few days per week. Those types of schedules persist in American companies.
However, according to an article by Jim Clifton on Gallup.com, many businesses are encouraging their employees to return to the office full time. In fact, some companies are demanding workers come back. They’re even threatening to fire employees who refuse. Clifton’s article claims that a recent Gallup poll shows “90% of office workers do not want to return to the old ways of working.” So, how will this situation play out in the coming months and years?
Study Reveals Benefits And Drawbacks Of 4-Day Work Week
Recent studies show that many Americans feel a 4-day work week would be better than the typical 5-day work week. In fact, an article by Jim Harter on Gallup.com states that 44% of us would actually change jobs just to work four 10-hour days rather than five 8-hour days. But Harter’s article goes on to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of that 4-day work week.
Harter cites studies which show that working four 10-hour days actually causes more burnout than working five 8-hour days. As a matter of fact, the numbers show that those working four days per week were slightly less engaged in doing their jobs than those working five days a week.
I would tend to agree with Harter’s assessment of these numbers. All things considered, the benefits and drawbacks depend on whether you enjoy your work. If you love what you do for a living, working longer but fewer days doesn’t really matter as much. However, if you are dissatisfied with your job, watching the clock for two extra hours a day just to get a three-day weekend may seem like sheer torture.
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