“The pandemic has been a wakeup call,” says Pernille Garde Abildgaard, CEO of Take Back Time, a Danish consultancy. “We all have become more aware of how we spend our time,” she says. Those who began working remotely two years ago saw how their former workplace processes were often needlessly complicated, meetings were too long, and interruptions too common, she adds.

Workers are also becoming more mindful of how much time and energy they dedicate to work at the expense of other relationships and interests. Qualtrics’ survey suggests companies would do well to recognize that: 81% of respondents said having a four-day week would make them more loyal to their employer.

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