- The concept of a 4-day week is being promoted by politicians and environmentalists.
- Multiple trials show that it is possible to reduce working hours without cutting pay.
- Insider has compiled a list of books on the topic.
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Thanks, in part, to a widely publicized trial in Iceland, the concept of the four-day workweek is back in the news.
Politicians, environmentalists, and activists hail the idea of working less hours for the same pay as a means of creating healthier, happier workers who get more done. It may also be more environmentally friendly, as workers avoid driving into the office.
Implementing a four-day week is not simple, and there are some misconceptions around the concept. But more companies are trialing the concept amid wider conversations about hybrid and flexible working.
We put together a list of influential books on how the world might get to a four-day week:
Barnes, who is also the co-founder of the 4 Day Week Global campaign, says that rather than simply being about giving workers the freedom to take a day off, success depends on communication.
Some describe it as a bit of a rant, but it provides an overview of the general question of why do we work, and more importantly what for?
Pang has said in the past, if you’re a business leader there are three ways of reducing working hours without cutting productivity: more concise meetings, periods of ‘focus time’ that enable workers to tackle their hardest tasks uninterrupted, and more careful use of technology.
The book is packed full of templates and tips for how workers can cut down their schedules whilst remaining productive, which is the root aim of reducing your hours.
Abildgaard also provides tips and tricks for how a person can reduce their own daily workload and improve their productivity.
They discuss how a shorter working week among many things will benefit the lowest paid in society, help to fairly rebalance the distribution of caring responsibilities between men and women and even create more jobs.
There was once a time where the concept of a five-day week was a fantasy so there’s no reason, with the right changes, that a four or even three-day week can’t be possible, argues Bergman.