FOUR Day Workweeks Are Coming: Is This The REAL Future of Work?
Hey there, it’s Mike Swigunski here and I’m the founder of global career and best-selling author of Global Career: How to Work Anywhere and Travel Forever.
What if you could magically turn your Friday into a Thursday or potentially get rid of Mondays completely? Is that something you’d be interested in? It might be a reality sooner than you think now that companies and even countries are experimenting with a four-day workweek. Now let’s go ahead and dig into why the four-day workweek might be coming to a company near you.
Traveling back in time, the five-day workweek was actually popularized by henry ford from ford motors. He essentially was a disrupter in the industry and in the workforce because he essentially transitioned from a six-day workweek to a five-day workweek because on the assembly line, he essentially found that within a five-day workweek of working on the assembly line, people were more efficient more productive they were staying happier longer they’re making fewer mistakes over time and overall just found that it was a better fit for the assembly line worker. It’s pretty crazy to think that our normal reality around the world has a five-day workweek.
Which is essentially structured based on henry ford’s structure for assembly line workers to build and construct automobiles. Now there haven’t been too many adjustments since henry ford implemented this over around 100 years ago. I think that it’s kind of crazy to think that the workforce hasn’t really adjusted that much until recently with the current structure of working remotely. Now a lot of companies are experimenting with a four-day workweek. Some of these studies that companies have done with experimenting with a four-day workweek have been pretty shocking. There have been 40 increases in productivity. A study did this with Microsoft japan experimenting with a four-day workweek. There’s been a lot of other companies.
Even Spain is experimenting with implementing this for their country, other companies like Unilever are also experimenting with a four-day workweek. Now I want to talk about what are some of the benefits of having a four-day workweek. I’m sure a lot of you are probably thinking if I’m only going to work four days, there’s no way that my company is going to pay me for a full five days they’re going to have to decrease my salary by 20, but a lot of these initial studies and findings have found that one people can work four days and in the case of Microsoft have a 40 increase in productivity now that’s a win-win for the company and for the individuals working at Microsoft japan they only have to work four days they’re more productive they’re more efficient, they’re happier, they’re going to be sticking along with the company long term and in turn that’s going to make Microsoft a lot more money.
Because they don’t have to hire as frequently, they have a 40 increase in productivity. It’s going to make the employees a lot happier because they only have to go to work. They don’t have to log in four days a week. They’re getting a three-day weekend every weekend, and again this just kind of goes to show that the workforce hasn’t really been disrupted, but how would you consider working a four-day workweek? Most people obviously would if you don’t have to take a pay cut if there’s no other sort of downsides that would say no to a four-day workweek. I definitely agree that there needs to be some sort of experimentation. Maybe it’s going to vary by industry by sort of companies.
They’ll need to have some sort of infrastructure to make sure that it’s as impactful as possible I’m a big supporter of finding the work-life balance I think in the world we spend more time working than we should, especially when it’s just burnt time in an office place or time looking like we’re busy I would say there is a better way to do this in a more productive way that’s going to be a win-win all around. Hence, I’m all for the four-day work week, and I think a lot of companies will realize that they can increase productivity make more money to keep their employees longer and happier over time.
So I’m curious to see what do you think you know do you want to live to work or do you want to work to live? I’m curious to let me know in the comments, and I guess the next and final question is, would you rather have Friday off or Monday off? I’m curious to see what people think about the four-day workweek so make sure you leave a comment below letting me know would you rather work on Fridays or weather work on Mondays. I think I’d personally rather have Fridays off, but I’m curious to see what everyone says. I think both would be nice again if you made it this far. Please consider liking this video if you learned something new, and don’t forget to subscribe and turn on the bell notification icon to get alerted about the two new videos I’m publishing every week. Take care and have a wonderful rest of your day you.
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