Don’t get us wrong, four-day workweeks are amazing. It means an additional rest day for everyone and shorter hours at the office.
A survey by experience management firm Qualtrics even confirmed that one in three (37%) workers are willing to have a shorter workweek even if that means taking a pay cut.
Still, having more control, freedom, and flexibility at work trumps the popularity of a reduced workweek.
As Lila MacLellan, writer at online news platform Quartz, reported, “50% of workers said they’d rather have the freedom to set their hours, compared with 47% which said they’d prefer the four-day week.”
Wharton professor and 4-day workweek advocate Adam Grant also argued that companies should adapt their hours to the reality of school schedules and the afternoon energy slump by letting employees leave at 3 p.m.
As people embrace post-pandemic work, most have shown enthusiasm for mixing the “messy reality of work and life with fewer strictures and stress.” Most employees want to do excellent work while tending to other aspects of their lives.
So, as an employer, how do you plan on adapting to the modern workplace? Will you reduce your workweek to four days, or will you implement flexible working arrangements in your company?