In a work culture where working beyond one’s regular full time schedule is still considered more of a badge of honor and an illustration of company commitment, and less about productivity, more organizations are breaking away from the mandatory five day work week to accommodate their employee’s interests in flexible scheduling.
The four day work week, which seems to have been popularized by over the last several years by working mothers is being embraced by employees in general who are interested in work life balance. Although studies show that there are many pros to a four day work week including employee satisfaction and increased productivity. Many employers and staff are still on the fence about the four day week. Employers are concerned about consistency and fairness across all of their staff, while some employees are concerned about the affect working a four day week will have on their career aspirations; especially as it relates to the perception that working shorter hours means that you are less dedicated to the job than others who work a full time week.
Drawing from personal experience, I strongly suspect that working a four day work week because of other interests influenced my missing out on a promotion at an organization that I worked with in the past. The pros and cons of a four day work week continues to be an ongoing dilemma for both companies and employees alike.
The article, Why Four Day Work Weeks Are Best can help both employers to analyze whether a four day work week could be a boon to business.
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