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The Pros of a 4 Day Working Week

  • September 09, 2016
 

 

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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