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US Companies Consider 4-Day Work Weeks

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to mold the new norm, numerous U.S. employers are considering changing to four-day work weeks.

“Working 40 hours per week really came from Henry Ford,” says Justine Jordan, who’s company, Wildbit, is testing a four-day work week to positive results. “We’re producing the same amount of quality of work, maybe even more so because we’re more focused on what’s important.”

The key to making a shorter week work is getting employees to cut out non-productive activities like checking email, chit-chatting with coworkers and taking personal phone calls. “We really only do four or five hours of meaningful work at any given day,” Jordan says. “That’s not to say that checking email and going to meetings aren’t important; the best thing is that we have these four days of very focused time.”

Would you prefer a four-day work week? How about if they involved working 10-hour days?

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