Companies from Microsoft to Shake Shack have experimented with a shorter, 4-day workweek — and most of the time it`s worked really well
  • Companies from Microsoft to Shake Shack have experimented with a four-day workweek to improve productivity and work-life balance.

  • Some of these companies have said the shorter week has made it easier to focus on important tasks.

  • Others, like educational coding startup Treehouse, found that it made it challenging to uphold a solid work ethic.

With the rise of popular work chat apps like Slack and easy access to corporate email 24/7 through our smartphones, breaking away from work can feel more difficult than ever.

At the same time, employee burnout appears to be on the rise. In a study of 75,000 employees published last year in June, Gallup found that 23% of workers reported feeling burned out always or very often at work, while another 44% reported feeling burned out sometimes. A study of 614 human resources leaders conducted by Kronos Incorporated and Future Workplace in 2017 also found that nearly half of those surveyed said burnout is the cause of up to half of their yearly workforce turnover...

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RSK: I personally have never been an hour or day person but more of a task man. Whatever it takes to get the task completed but this seems to work for many companies.

Ken notes: It drove me crazy during the last recession to see companies lay off 20% of there workforce rather than to go to a 4 day week across the board and retain most of their workers. I believe a company should not be able to layoff workers until everyone in the companies receives a pay cut especially senior management. The studies coming out of the 4 day are very interesting, increased productivity, less sick time used, easier to recruit better talent. Hospitals, fire departments etc. have been doing this for years!



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