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Burnout, stress lead more companies to try a four-day work week

Burnout, stress lead more companies to try a four-day work week

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  • It’s not the number of days or hours we work. It’s about being intentional about how, where and when the work gets done. If people flexible to take care of their own lives when they need to, everyone is less focused on hours worked and face time. Companies with cultures where employees feel comfortable

    It’s not the number of days or hours we work. It’s about being intentional about how, where and when the work gets done. If people flexible to take care of their own lives when they need to, everyone is less focused on hours worked and face time. Companies with cultures where employees feel comfortable about authentic about what they need fare much better.

  • Any way to provide flexibility in how people get the work done would help reduce stress. However, this also has to couple with the culture in the company and region. If a company expects their employees to be “always on”, the number of work days wouldn’t matter.

  • Less time in mindless meetings. Yay. It’s not the hours worked but what you do with them.

  • This, 100%. Let's all make a pact to stop working on Fridays.

  • I currently work seven days a week and get paid for five. Working four sounds like better math. My company does a three day weekend every month of the year. For any month without a holiday, we make a holiday called SteelHouse day. There’s no question it recharges everyone and makes them happier and more

    I currently work seven days a week and get paid for five. Working four sounds like better math. My company does a three day weekend every month of the year. For any month without a holiday, we make a holiday called SteelHouse day. There’s no question it recharges everyone and makes them happier and more productive at work. Its also led the team to often vacation together because the only other people with the long weekend off are their other teammates.

  • If you get burnout working 5 days per week, the problem is with you.

    We’re consciously training people to believe they are mentally weaker than they really are.

    That’s not kind or generous.

  • There is definite wisdom in this approach. Clearly this is possible in some industries where quite impossible in others.

    If I had to guess, the real resistance to an approach like this is cultural. Whereby the perception of working less - despite worker smarter in reality - could be harmful to business

    There is definite wisdom in this approach. Clearly this is possible in some industries where quite impossible in others.

    If I had to guess, the real resistance to an approach like this is cultural. Whereby the perception of working less - despite worker smarter in reality - could be harmful to business. There is definite value in a company appearing to work harder in the eyes of prospective clients.

  • I think the biggest challenge to implementing this widely is customers’ expectations and timelines.

    But if your company is big enough, staggered schedules that give employees 4 days, but the company 5 of coverage is interesting to consider.

  • Love what you do and everyday is a weekend to enjoy. I won’t trade my 16 hour days 7 days a week at Viome to do anything but focus on making illness’s optional to help billions of people live their lives without suffering.

  • Start early have meetings all day... begin actual work at 6pm. Wait that's not healthy? Or even productive?

  • Cool, now I will have 3 full days for email

  • Burnout is real, especially in a mobile driven world where we are expected to be constantly on and engaged. That said, I don’t think a four day work week is the answer. To create lasting change, we need companies to shift their incentive systems toward productivity and not number of hours worked, as

    Burnout is real, especially in a mobile driven world where we are expected to be constantly on and engaged. That said, I don’t think a four day work week is the answer. To create lasting change, we need companies to shift their incentive systems toward productivity and not number of hours worked, as well as provide mental health benefits to empower individuals to learn how to manage stress in ways that work best for them.

  • Our workaholic ways often backfire. This would reward and incentivize those who can focus and be most efficient .

  • Jealous of those astute individuals and companies that realize an improved structure surrounding work week and pay can have high dividends in productivity, engagement and well being. But the USA might prefer to stick with staff members spending an hour and a half on average per day shopping Amazon or

    Jealous of those astute individuals and companies that realize an improved structure surrounding work week and pay can have high dividends in productivity, engagement and well being. But the USA might prefer to stick with staff members spending an hour and a half on average per day shopping Amazon or other personal, disengaged time-outs we take at work.

    As quoted within the article:

    Schawbel expects the idea to catch on in more companies and countries, but probably not his own: “I think America will be the last country to give us Monday mornings off because we’re so used to this way of working.”

    Or we just can’t justify divesting a slave driven mentality.

  • I have a friend who word four days a week and works five hours each shift. It has taught me that this gives her time to look after herself enjoy life and spend time on things she likes to do. She also enjoys her work. This is certainly worth considering.

  • I have found burn out occurs when the world culture doesn't support, respect, or allow employees to have any say in their work through the day. Working in an atmosphere of fear of intimidation and constant criticism causes burn out. It is not the work itself that causes burn out but rather the way owners

    I have found burn out occurs when the world culture doesn't support, respect, or allow employees to have any say in their work through the day. Working in an atmosphere of fear of intimidation and constant criticism causes burn out. It is not the work itself that causes burn out but rather the way owners and management treat employees.

    Wow as I'm reading these comments I'm overwhelmed at the worship of work, productivity and the bottom line. It seems to me things like time with family, being in nature, reading, personal interests and creative projects are no longer part of a person's life, only the great God of the work machine. This makes me sad. We are becoming robot beings. On autopilot and bought into conformity and complacency just work machines.

  • I wonder what would it take to get larger companies to see the benefits of a four day work week, and how long it would take for that to get implemented

  • I worked four 10 hour days several times. I loved it. Once I drove all over the North part of my state. It only lasted about six months, but I could have done it forever. Three day weekends were fantastic.

  • We should focus less on how many days are work days and more on what people actually do during work days. In Television, it's not uncommon for people to roll in around 10am, take 2 hour lunch, and head home around 4pm. Reducing a day won't make anyone happier and certainly won't fix the TV industry

    We should focus less on how many days are work days and more on what people actually do during work days. In Television, it's not uncommon for people to roll in around 10am, take 2 hour lunch, and head home around 4pm. Reducing a day won't make anyone happier and certainly won't fix the TV industry.

    Sometimes... especially if your industry/company is in trouble, you just need to put your head down and get some work done. Otherwise, you will find yourself working 0 days/week.

  • More companies are also allowing or even encouraging employees to work from home or where ever they fancy; Face time for face time sake is silly but there are of course advantages to sitting next to someone and bouncing ideas off them.

  • "This, 100%. Let's all make a pact to stop working on Fridays."

    I don't work very hard on Fridays anyways

  • Interesting trend. Wonder how it effects and impacts different industries

  • Mark P posted that nobody has worked a farm. He is on point there. Having a small horse farm we are always behind on improvements. But they get done. I also am a retired US Army veteran. That is another job that takes 101% of your time.

  • Makes sense that as AI and automation contribute to increased productivity we’ll start to see humans pull back a bit to focus on what really matters. However a lot of this benefit seems like it would flow to white collar work that still needs some “human element” to it vs. some folks in more service/labor

    Makes sense that as AI and automation contribute to increased productivity we’ll start to see humans pull back a bit to focus on what really matters. However a lot of this benefit seems like it would flow to white collar work that still needs some “human element” to it vs. some folks in more service/labor jobs that will get displaced. Hopefully we can find a way to fairly share the benefits of increasing productivity so that everyone can live with dignity and enjoy the benefits of a reduced work schedule.

  • A healthy and happy alternative to the 4/10 schedule. Having Monday’s off is a different approach and I believe would be beneficial to the American workforce.

  • Efficiency doesn’t need longer hours.

  • As long as the four day work week is still a 40 hour week. It’s especially nice if you have a long commute into work.

  • Don’t be fooled. Many U.S. companies moving to 4 (10hr) days to save on their bottom line for non-salary employees.

  • I would be happy if wages would just start to go up. Shouldn’t that tax break have trickled down by now?

  • Work harder for four days, then recover from burnout every 3-day weekend? Maybe we should just work 2 days on caffeine, and then sleep for five?

  • I recently started working only weekends. Friday Saturday Sunday. I work 12 hours each day but get paid for 48 hours. I can honestly say i find it a much more reasonable way to work rather than 5 days a week at 10 hours a day and 5 minimum on Saturday. Swing shift also.

  • Europeans enjoy months of vacation time. Time to recharge, enjoy your family, travel. Not sure the problem is the 5 day work week. It is coming in on weekends and ignoring limited (and often lost) vacation time.

  • 4 days work weak

  • How many surf the internet to shop or conduct any personnel activities while at work ?Just because you are at work doesn't mean you life's needs or commitments stopped.

  • No matter what happens, Monday will always be Monday.

  • I wish I could have a 4 day work week

  • It likely will be voluntary. Maybe four tens with Friday off. Sounds good until the important meetings scheduled for Friday's are missing guess who? Fun but not so good for upward mobility!

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