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Is a 4-Day Workweek a Good Idea?

Is a 4-Day Workweek a Good Idea?

Author: Laurie Knafo/Wednesday, June 05, 2019/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, Workplace Issues, SNI Certes, Workplace Issues, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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The rise of the 4-day workweek is a trend to be noticed. Companies around the world have been exploring the possibility of shifting their employees’ workweek to 32-hours and researching the advantages and disadvantages of this nontraditional working style. Studies have shown that a shortened workweek results in happier workers, decreased stress-levels and increased productivity. Truthfully, everyone looks forward to the occasional 3-day weekend, and, in this case, a 3-day weekend would come every week — what’s not to love! Though this is a sound and favored plan for employees, what does it mean for business?

Advantages
The pros to a 32-hour workweek are pretty obvious, specifically to those who typically work well over the 40-hour norm. The possibility of a 4-day workweek would be a dream to most and is becoming a reality for many — but, what about the workload? Research has shown that employees would not lose productivity by losing this 5th day. In fact, productivity would increase to compensate for those 8-hours. Additionally, less time would be lost in unnecessary meetings. Time management would amp up tremendously, giving employees the motivation and ability to opt out of ineffective meetings, and, rather, spend their billable time on appropriate projects.

Along with in office efficiencies comes employee happiness and work-life balance. This term, ‘work-life balance,’ is a buzzword used mainly by millennials, but often taken the wrong way. This does not mean they want to work set hours and not be bothered off the clock. It means they want to feel needed and valued during the workday, in order to work hard and powerfully, so a sense of accomplishment follows them after hours. A 4-day workweek would allow for employees to better engage with their work, welcoming along creativity and innovation, and resulting in fewer burnouts across departments.

Disadvantages
In an ideal scenario, a 4-day workweek could be implemented in companies across the globe. However, some businesses may not be fit for this environment. Industries, like manufacturing, cannot afford for any loss of time and do require 24/7 scheduling. In the same vein, this new process could affect those paid hourly and those on salary. Some jobs simply take time, so there is the possibility of the same hours being recorded despite the shortened workweek. In this case, companies would need to revisit their overtime policy, and, perhaps refine it for these moments to ensure employee satisfaction is maintained.

While there are various pros and cons to a 4-day workweek, it’s up to each individual company to see if it would be beneficial for their company culture and productivity. While more studies need to be done on the advantages and disadvantages, it’s an interesting concept that more companies are likely to adopt.

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Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.

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6/20/2019 6:03 AM

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6/20/2019 6:03 AM

From this blog we can get better college base method and educational system I like to read this blog this is very interesting and informative. If you are a teacher or a student you really need to have read this blog so you get amazing information and new method of studies.



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6/20/2019 6:05 AM

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