It is always said that employees if treated well can turn into assets for an organization because they are the ones who implement and execute plans and policies framed by upper-level management. So it becomes very crucial to manage manpower. Employees should be trained and treated in such a way that they remain in the organization for a longer period of time.
India has a 5 work-day week culture wherein employees are supposed to work 8 hours a day for 5 days which makes them work 40 hours a week. Contrary to it, there is a term called “ 4 day work week” where their workdays are decreased by one day, which helps them spend their time with family and friends, helps them to pursue their hobbies and interests, and maintains work-life balance which every employee wishes for. But there is an increase in the work hours per day which gets tiresome.
New Zealand is the only country that adopts the 4 day work week culture. This culture was adopted by conducting a trial that resulted in increased productivity by 20%, increased staff satisfaction, and decreased staff stress levels.
Every country has its different work culture. Some countries like Hongkong, Singapore, and Bangkok believe in more work hours but gives less importance to smart work and productivity, while some country has the lowest working hours like New Zealand, Netherlands and these countries turned out to be the happiest countries in the world.
There are two types of the 4-day workweek. One centers on the entire company, where operations close for 72 continuous hours. The other is worker-based, often called a flex four-day work week, where employees can choose which four days of the workweek to work.
But there are certain points to keep in mind before switching to 4 day work week. Such as technological advancement. Due to the pandemic, there is a spike in AI technology and it can help employees to accomplish a task in less time. Switching to 4 day work week will undoubtedly increase your productivity, decrease employee stress levels, Not only this but it also helps in cost-cutting because there will be a fall in usage of water and electricity supplies, office stationery, and cafeteria cost.
But 4 day work week is not something an organization can be rigid with. Because it has to be tailored according to the client's needs. Especially it becomes difficult for an MNC to switch from 5 day work week to 4 days because their operations are spread worldwide. So looking from a single point of view may not work as there are meetings held with international clients. We have to tailor our schedule according to theirs.
So what are your thoughts on having 4 workdays per week?
Author : Homeflic Wegrow