Flexible working is an ongoing hot topic. Organisations are introducing flexible working which is resulting in improved productivity, happier work forces, and reduced staff turnover.
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A scheme that we are starting to see more of is the introduction of the 4 day working week, questioning whether or not efficiency should be equated with the number of hours worked. Global brand Amazon.com have introduced a program with a 4 day working week in the hope to diversify the company’s workforce and to create an environment that fosters success and career growth.
So what are the real benefits to a 4 day working week?
Increased productivity – well rested employees are more productive. With less time to work, there is less time to waste.
Morale is boosted – on a Monday morning, everyone is refreshed and excited
Health benefits – working too many hours can lead to an array of health problems
Happier work environment – due to increased personal time
Improved employee retention – the happier people are at work, the less likely they are to move on
Internal talent attraction is easier – likely to attract more highly qualified new hires that see the 4 day week as a major lifestyle benefit.
Good for the environment – reduced electricity, less commuters and pollution.
Save on facility costs – lighting and heating etc.
Better for families – allows parents to balance the demands of work and raising children.
It seems the benefits provide a strong case for the 4 day working week.
What do you think is stopping more organisations from adopting this scheme?
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