‘An Idea Whose Time Has Come’: Why The Four-Day Week Is The Future
Studies show that a shorter workweek increases productivity and has a positive impact on wellbeing and the environment. What’s not to like about it? With the global pandemic turning the working world on its head and triggering an unprecedented wave of unemployment, a mindset shift around what counts as ‘work’ and work-life balance has begun to take centre stage.
Times of crises, after all, have a tendency of challenging entrenched dogmas and systems, thrusting once radical ideas into the realm of possibility. One of them is the four-day week. With more people operating from their homes than ever before, revolutionary working practices are becoming more feasible and some are calling to take advantage of this new window of flexibility to rethink how we conceptualise work.