At the start of June, 70 companies across the UK began taking part of a trial of the four-day week, and we made a post about it.
Here at Paramount Media, we are already champions of the four-day work week, so we are invested in this trial and will be following its findings closely.
History of the Working Week:
Upon the establishment of the seven-day week, thought of by the Babylonians, working everyday was perceived as a productive approach.
This eventually moved to a six-day work week, and then in the 19th Century, a five-day work week. The USA chose to adopt a five-day work week because of the employment caused by the Great Depression. The adaptation to five days instead of six was a response to change, and therefore a movement to a different system of working, two centuries later, is not as revolutionary and new as one may presume.
This is especially true when you consider the effect the COVID-19 pandemic had on the workplace, with many workers adapting by using technologies such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams to communicate with each other while they work from home. Discussions surrounding flexible working environments and the four-day week are now increasingly commonplace, compared to before COVID-19 when these ideas were largely perceived as unattainable for most businesses.
As technology and society changes and global mindsets adapt, so does the workplace.
But what are the benefits of the four-day week?
Whatever you think of the four-day week, it certainly represents a change from traditional ways of working, especially considering the effect COVID-19 has had on the workplace.
We recognise you cannot apply this to all workplaces and all industries, but this template may work for office workers. Employee happiness must be a priority (and should always have been) going forward: if nothing else, COVID-19 has shown the world what we can all do in the face of dire circumstances. Adapting to change and caring for employees is part of work, and this should be widely accepted and understood.
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By Rozz Cottrell.