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Four-Day Workweeks Will Improve Morale and Productivity

The sobering reality is that most people hate their jobs. According to a recent Gallup poll, 85 percent of people are not engaged in their work, and two-thirds actively feel negatively about their employment.

Published Fri Oct 01 2021

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The sobering reality is that most people hate their jobs. According to a recent Gallup poll, 85 percent of people are not engaged in their work, and two-thirds actively feel negatively about their employment. One remedy to this gaining a lot of international traction and attention is transitioning to a four-day workweek. Employees are paid the same but are only required to put in 32 hours per week instead of the traditional 40. Counterintuitively, even though there are fewer working hours required, many organizations who have tried four-day workweeks report increases in productivity as well as noticeable increases in engagement and job satisfaction. Buffer, a social media scheduling company that recently piloted a four-day workweek, reports that 60 percent of workers said they felt just as productive as they did with a traditional five-day workweek, and 34 percent reported feeling more productive. And these weren’t just feelings. Some departments reported seeing output more than double.

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