The four-day workweek has a chance to gain traction this time


Anna Yukhtenko, a 30-year-old senior games analyst at Hutch, said she was doing the same amount of work and the four-day schedule was a big part of why she was staying at a time when her skills were at a premium. in demand and she could change jobs. His colleague Chris Hohbein, 39, is a 90-minute journey from Cambridge. The new schedule means more time with his son and he said he felt more rested after the three-day weekends.


In general, people work less today than in past decades. But perceptions around hard work and dedication to work are hard to shake, especially in the United States. For many, being at their desk for long hours is a sign of productivity. And with the U.S. economy in turmoil, some companies may take the opportunity to take a tougher line on getting employees back into the office. Elon Musk recently said remote work was “no longer acceptable” and that employees should be in the office at least 40 hours a week.

Returning to the office comes up against pressure from employees who want flexible hours. In Silicon Valley, ride-sharing app Bolt has moved to a four-day schedule, while crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has launched a trial in recent months. In Japan, industrial conglomerate Panasonic introduced an optional four-day calendar in January, while British consumer goods company Unilever conducted a year-long trial in New Zealand.

Sarah Goff-Dupont, 43, based in Minneapolis, got permission to experiment with a four-day program last summer, along with several of her colleagues from Atlassian, a software company. Doing all her work between Monday and Thursday was difficult at first, but eventually paid off, with more time for her two children, who are now 8 and 11. She’s doing it again this summer, but using her unlimited vacation days to do so. occur. Her colleagues aren’t joining her, she suspects, because they’re worried about the signal it might send to managers.

“If the British experience can remove some of the stigma from parents or anyone, that would be great,” she said.


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