Would a four-day workweek make people more or less productive?


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Bailee Hand
November 14, 2019 9:37PM

Trials of four-day weeks have had both results, so there’s no simple answer.

In August of 2019, Microsoft Japan conducted a test where they moved 2,300 office workers to a four-day workweek for one month in an effort to improve efficiency. The report they released this November stated that there was a 39.9 percent increase overall in sales per worker, with 92 percent of the workers responding positively to the change.

Another positive example comes from a San Francisco-based software company called Monograph. In 2016, it implemented a four-day workweek where employees can choose which day they want to take off. Moe Amaya, one of Monograph’s cofounders, told HuffPost that so far it’s been very successful and that there are "no plans to change, potentially ever."

While there are numerous other studies and examples citing the potential benefits of a shorter workweek, most agree that the resistance from American companies to adopt the practice comes down to habit and the bottom line—a four-day workweek could put companies at a competitive disadvantage to those still working the traditional five.

One notable failure of the four-day workweek was when a U.S. programming education company called Treehouse tried it in 2015. They went back to 40-hour weeks just a year later.

"There was a lack of work, like, literally a lack of work ethic," Treehouse founder Ryan Carson later said to explain the decision.

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Steve Douglas
November 27, 2019 5:18PM
What strikes me is that, after a couple of centuries of fraantically developing labor saving devices and methods , we've somehow arrived at a state where it takes two people working 60 hour weeks to maintain a normal family.
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December 04, 2019 5:47PM
I think a four day work week would make people more productive both at home and at work. If I had an extra day off of work while my kid was still at school, I would finally be able to get the things done around my house that don't seem to fully get done when I keep taking breaks to entertain another person and/or clean up the mess they have created behind me. I also think people are more productive at work when they are less stressed about their regular lives and also when they are more rested. Giving someone that extra day to rest or to spend more time on their home life, would most definitely make them a more productive employee at the office.
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November 26, 2019 12:37PM
of course making people less productive ... it may take a longer time just to start to get in as productivity depends mainly on " time " sooooo ... less time = less productivity
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Sonya Black
November 25, 2019 11:21PM
Yes becuse you have 3 days to rest.
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November 26, 2019 5:46AM
ya ya haha
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Heritage Cabs
November 25, 2019 11:57AM
No I don't think so it's all depend on workers who work there and their effiiency for more info contact us Heritage Cabs