July 21, 2020

NEXT, SHORTEN THE WORK DAY:

Why More Companies are Offering a Four-Day Workweek  (JESSICA STILLMAN, 7/21/20, INC.COM)

Few have had a good word to say about the global catastrophe that is Covid-19, but at least one group has managed to find a small silver lining to the crisis: advocates for shortened workweeks. From Stanford-based scholars and New Zealand's prime minister to entrepreneurs in the small business trenches, a chorus of voices has argued that this crisis is the perfect time for companies to experiment with a four-day workweek. 

Not only might reduced hours allow employers to share around the pain of the economic contraction, reducing the need for layoffs, but a less full office also makes social distancing easier if and when employees physically return to work. Plus, everyone has a lot on their plate now (especially parents). Giving your people a little space to rest and regroup can result in greater productivity when they are on the clock, the thinking goes. 

Which sounds like a pretty compelling case for experimenting with shortened hours. Are employers actually listening? New data suggests that the argument for a shortened workweek might actually be getting through. 

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