How To Only Work 4 Days A Week And Get Paid The Same!
Updated: Feb 25
Employers, listen up! Here's how you can reduce working hours, increase productivity, job satisfaction, revenue (through the reduction or total elimination of sick days) and have a brilliant workplace, with employees who will give you their all!
How you ask? Well, that's obvious, the 4 days work week.
So read on, and see the benefits for yourself.
Have you ever felt that your job is consuming your life? Sometimes you don't think that all you need is a six month paid vacation? Been there! Relax, you are not alone, you are only one of millions of people around the world who suffer from work stress and burnout. It is so common that most people do not know they have it. However, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel and it may be that thanks to COVID, that light is getting closer and closer: a 4-day workweek.
You see, for you, I am just a blogger, but I',m not just any blogger, I am a freelancer (which means I am my own boss... and my worst employee), but I am also an industrial safety professional. As the name sounds like, it's not a very exciting profession, and you wonder what I do. Basically, the job of an industrial health professional is to make sure no one dies at their job. That's all.
Just kidding. It is also about ensuring favorable conditions in the workplace and protecting the health of all members of the organization. So believe me when I tell you that I know what I am talking about on this one. Maybe not too much about the financial implications... That's confusing and tricky, but I DO know about the health effects of a 4 day work week.
4-Day Workweek: Closer Each Day
Let's go through a bit of boring but necessary history. Currently, most working hours are 5 days a week, 8 hours a day (5x8), with a total of 40 hours a week, that's probably your job. Did you know that this work model has been the same for over a hundred years? Just like in the days where people work in mines without helmets or masks, just insane!
The term “work stress” didn’t even exist back then.
The proposal that some countries are already testing and others analyzing is a 4-day-a-week model. In theory, it has many benefits, but the main ones are in mental health. So I, the EXPERT professional, come to tell you why we need that model.
First, most employees struggle with maintaining a balance between their personal life and their work life. It is practically impossible not to take a little work home with you or, on the contrary, to take a few problems from home to the office. One of the main advantages of this proposal is that we all have enough time to be with our families, deal with personal matters and return to work without extra weights and be productive.
Healthy Employees = Productive Employees
This proposal has been around for a long time now, but why does it seem closer today? Well if there is one thing to thank the pandemic for, it's this.
Due to the confinements, many companies opted for telecommuting and cutting work hours, although many bosses feared that this would lead to bankruptcy. Do you know what happened? Nothing, absolutely nothing. Everything remained the way it was, the earth kept spinning, we still had butterflies, and companies around the world didn't suddenly become bankrupt (because of the reduced working hours, Covid has sadly taken out many sectors, however). Only now you can work in your pajamas. These months demonstrated that both telecommuting and shortened workweeks are feasible, even profitable.
Yes, we must not forget that we are in the middle of a global pandemic and that millions have died, but this was a great relief for many. It has shown that an environment with lower levels of work stress led to higher levels of productivity. And if you ask me, my room is a place with low levels of work stress, and if my dog is snuggled next to me even more!
Effects On Mental And Physical Health
One more day of rest a week can mean better health for millions of people. It has been shown that many employees do not need 8 hours to fulfill their daily responsibilities at work, so cutting hours and days can save time, effort and above all: money. YASS MAKE IT RAIIIN. *throws around Monopoly money*
The amount of pressure, stress, and even issues with mental illness have been greatly reduced. Employees have more time to attend to their mental health, whether it is going to therapy or meditating, they can sleep more and better and they will be able to focus better on their work tasks.
This theory has it all: more rest, more productivity, more money, more time to sleep with my dog, WHY IS THIS NOT A THING ALREADY?!
The less encouraging side is that many laws in various countries still view the 4-day work week with suspicion. They only see it like us, the employees, wanting to work less earning the same. The encouraging side is that as I mentioned, some countries are already having a taste of this and so far the results are positive.
When can we expect 4-day business weeks? In the United Kingdom, there are already proposals and in some states of the United States, it is being evaluated. However, the process will not be instantaneous, although everything indicates that this is the direction in which most countries are heading. So why don't you get ahead of the curve, your employees with thank you, and will do so in the best way possible, by making your company thrive! S&P 500, here I come baby!
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