Are 4 Day Work Weeks Actually Better For Your Business?

You may be used to the standard 5 day work weeks, but is it actually better to have a 4 day work week.

You might be thinking to yourself, well 4 vs 5, obviously a 5 day work week is going to be better for my business. The answer may not be as cut and dry as you think.

Like all things there are both pros and cons to a 4 day work week.

A normal full time worker can expect to be working 8 hours a day over 5 days, in other words a 40 hour work week.

In a four day work week employees will work 10 hours per day over the four days or alternatively maintain 8 hours a day over the four days taking a pay rise. The latter being favoured by employees.

The benefits for the employee are pretty apparent, an extra day off on the weekend, more time to themselves, pursuit of hobbies, better mental health, you get the gist.

But what about to the business, what value does it have? Well in numerous case studies it has been shown that workers are more productive when working a four day work week vs a five day workweek. It's also makes it far more likely to retain employees who may be thinking of leaving. There aren't many people who would choose five days over four day work weeks so people may be more inclined to stay.

The downsides are of course it might not be suitable for everyone. If employees are working for 10 hours instead of 8 this can impact on productivity. If they're having an hour cut but maintaining the same level of pay this isn't really the case. But in that case it does mean paying employees a higher hourly salary which again may not be suitable for all businesses.

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