The past eighteen months have led to a number of big changes in the day to day working schedule with the primary change being an adjustment to work from home. Something else that has been suggested and trialled for the lucky few too has been the ability to shift to a four-day working week, but the change has been offered in a number of ways. The trials are trying to determine whether or not the change can be sustainable and work effectively, and these changes may come through in a variety of ways – particularly as change is still so fresh and many are willing to make it. The reasons for the change have been made clear, a better work life balance with individuals being granted more time to explore hobbies on their favourite movie streaming sites or their favourite paypal betting sites, or just some more time to spend with their families – which changes are most likely, and which will stick around?
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The first change, and the most ideal for workers is the change that allows them to change to a four-day working week without taking a hit to their paycheck – a 30-hour week with the same pay has been trialled and found to be very successful with productivity and workplace satisfaction increasing, and by most metrics a resounding success. This has only had a limited trial period however, and it’s tough to determine whether or not this could find the same success on a wider scale.
The other approach will be in favour of the employers but less than the workers – a cut to a four-day working week but coming with either an increase in daily hours, or a reduction in pay. Some have trialled the 10-hour working day to compensate for the lost day, but to lesser effect than the previous approach with productivity and job satisfaction both taking a smaller hit where trialled, or the cut in pay for the lost hours also leading to a similar outcome. For some this will look to be the likely approach taken, even if not the most optimal.
It is a very exciting opportunity, and those who have had the opportunity to experience the change have certainly held value to what the change brings, whether or not it can become as widespread an adjustment as remote working has become is yet to be seen and the likelihood is that it won’t be the case, but for those lucky enough to get a four-day working week and to get the better end of the deal whilst keeping the same pay at reduced hours could lead to a very exciting, and very balanced new work life balance.