Workers Want a Four-Day Workweek No Matter the Cost

By: James Flippin · August 24, 2023 · Reading Time: 2 minutes

More Weekend, Please

Workers are over the classic five-day workweek. A shorter workweek is becoming an increasingly popular idea, with a recent survey revealing that 81% of full-time workers and job seekers would prefer fewer days on the clock and a longer weekend, according to data from Bankrate.

Employers across the nation have had to adapt to a changing labor market with fewer job seekers, higher salary expectations and intensifying demand for flexible schedules. In addition to the rise of remote and hybrid work, four-day workweeks aren’t far behind in the workers’ preferences.

Happy With Trade-Offs

Workers know there’s no such thing as a free lunch, and 89% of proponents of a shorter workweek said they’re prepared to make sacrifices in other areas to make it all check out:

•   54% would stretch their daily hours, ensuring the same output in a shorter week

•   37% would consider switching jobs or industries to a position that offers four-day weeks

•   27% would wind down hybrid schedules, or even give up remote work entirely

This underscores an evolving sentiment among employees that a work-life balance might require more than traditional job perks.

The Flexibility Factor

Flexible work arrangements, including remote working, is still much discussed but companies have increasingly been calling people back to the office.

Even so, employers offering more flexibility continue to benefit when it comes to recruitment and retention. Understanding and adapting to these trends may be the key to a loyal and happy workforce.

Hybrid and remote work has already become the new normal. Is the four-day workweek next up?

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