Coronavirus Might Create A Four-Day Workweek

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As more businesses and governments requiring “stay in place” mandates and advisories, it has raised the question as to how this experiment in remote working will impact the world after COVID19. Companies may be more open to alternative forms of working in the future—including not just letting employees work from home but allowing new variations in schedules, such as the four-day workweek. Companies that have adopted four-day workweeks have found, repeatedly, that productivity doesn’t decline even when people work fewer hours. When Microsoft tested a shorter workweek in its office in Japan—making every Friday a paid holiday for the office’s 2,300 workers last August—it found that productivity actually increased by around 40%. The company asked employees to chat online to avoid meetings, and to limit any physical meetings to half an hour and no more than five employees. But there may be a more serious reason a four-day workweek might be in our future. Many companies are struggling to stay afloat. The methodology of the four-day week trial is to have a safe, renewed focus on productivity. The process eliminates much of the unproductive busyness whilst reinforcing trust between employers and employees. Businesses who do this will have a better chance of surviving this temporary crisis and maintaining employment for their people.

SOURCE: Fast Company

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