Thinking About the Four Day Work Week

Posted by: Jena McGregor on December 23, 2008

It’s back. After making an earlier appearance when gas costs were at their peak, the four-day work week is making a repeat appearance thanks to the recession. The first time around, the idea sprouted as a way to save people the cost of commuting one day a week amidst $4 gas. People would simply work longer hours on the four days they did work, and take a fifth day off of extreme commuting.

Now, some companies are reducing work hours in an effort to save costs. By idling factories or cutting back hours, they save on what they have to pay people or on overhead costs for keeping things running. We wrote about the trend this week, pointing to both window maker Pella and the City of Atlanta. So did the New York Times, pointing to Pretech Corporation and several Nevada casinos. Readers jumped online to comment on how great the idea was, and why every company should consider a shortened week in lieu of layoffs.

The problem? We live in a service and knowledge economy. Many of us aren’t paid by the hour—for that matter, few of us even have “hours” any more. Rather, we’re paid for what we know or who we know, or for how well we serve our customers. Being “always on” for clients, working when the work needs to get done, and contributing ideas when inspiration strikes are the already well-ingrained work patterns for so many professionals working today. The simple reality is that our work life isn’t constrained to a five-day-a-week world. Or, for that matter, a four.

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Andy John

December 24, 2008 11:55 PM

Four working days a week is a good idea during the recession. But how much payment will be reduced a day is a scheme. Just like sales promotion, you can creat more profit by adding some value into your products which is not proportional. You can also reduce more than one day's work. It's very difficult to calculate the equivalent value, so we should pay more attention to it.

Allan Himmelstein

December 26, 2008 6:22 PM

In a previous life, I put people on 4 day weeks. It was a tremendous cost savings, and since business was down anyway, there was no decrease in service. It just has to be done in an orderly fashion. All departments had to have staff. It was the Department Managers responsibility to make sure that everything ran smoothly and enough staff was available. After several months many of the people did not want to go back to 5 days. Nutrilite, which is a division of Amway, has been on 4 day weeks for at least 10 years.

Peter

December 26, 2008 8:24 PM

Ironically, the origial New Deal proposal was for a four day/32 hour work week. The compromise was a five day/40 hour week.

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December 27, 2008 9:43 PM

Nobody wants their hours cut, but just about EVERYBODY loves a four day workweek. I used to do this for my entire management team.

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December 28, 2008 12:42 PM

Just like sales promotion, you can create more profit by adding some value into your products which is not proportional. You can also reduce more than one day's work. It's very difficult to calculate the equivalent value, so we should pay more attention to it.

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January 19, 2009 10:35 AM

This might be preferable in a 24x7 environment, but I was always a very big fan of schedules consisting of four ten-hour days. I've been in places that considered doing four nines followed by a half-day, but I don't see the point in half-assing it. There's absolutely nothing like having a three day weekend every weekend, or a day off mid-week to deal with obsolete business models like those of the banks and insurance companies that are only ever open when you're normally working. The trick to doing it right is to have every bit as firm and well-defined a schedule as you do when working regular five day weeks. Declare a Monday guy, declare a Tuesday gal, etc. No more harm in swapping days than in swapping any other shift, if the workers are truly working similar enough positions, but you've got to keep a close eye on it.

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That said, the obsolete business models I mentioned above would benefit most. I can't believe how hard it is for banks to stay open for AT LEAST the normal business hours of a B2B firm. Considering the number of private individuals that they count as clients, it is patently absurd that they can't do far more. Oh, how I pray that a solution like this might bring about the death of bankers' hours.

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I used to work for an organization that had a 9-80 workweek. It was certainly a lot of fun having every other Friday off. The downer is that you're the only one out of all your friends who have the day off so you end up just sitting around and watching television.

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May 22, 2009 2:37 AM

If a company can't increase it's profits by working that extra day, there's no point in working that fifth day. However, the last thing we need is for government to be mandating such things. There messing up businesses enough as it is.

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June 22, 2009 3:19 PM

We have to realise that working as employees is not profitable nowadays and this occupation doesn't give safety and financial confident any more. Today we are watching birth of a new kind of workers. What kind of workers it will be (self employees, businessmen or investors)? The future will sow us.
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June 25, 2009 10:24 PM

I used to work in Human Resources and we were advocating for the 4 day workweek, but met resistance from upper management. Glad to see that the economy is driving employers to think differently and perhaps the mindset will leave an impression even after the economy turns around.

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I use to work at a company where almost everyone worked 3 days a week . . . you just worked 13 hours a day; with two meal breaks and three coffee breaks. It was GREAT!!! There were two shifts, one for the first three days of the week and one for the last three days.

The business provided service from 7 am to 7pm, 6 days a week. The employees had four days off a week, and every four weeks the shifts would change from the first 3 days to the last 3 days (or vice versa) so every 8 weeks you'd get a week off.

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I used to think of it in my pet dreams a long time back. My thuoght wasthat if I work 11.5 hours for 4 days a week, I get to work more than the stipulated 45 hours. Not only that, every time I go to work, I would have a setup overhead in which I get ready fro the day. The 4-day system would only have 4 overheads per week rather than 5. As a result, it would enhance the overall efficiency of work.

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Four day work weeks are a great idea but those people that have babysitters that normally work lets say 9 hours they will have to work 11 hours! Plus I am sure they will jack their prices up or quit taking care of your children all together.

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October 6, 2009 11:06 PM

I agree with the entrepreneur that the best way to get consumers out in this economy is by lowering prices... I think he has a good idea there!
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October 7, 2009 6:36 PM

Most of the population needs service 5 or 6 days a week, which is a current reflection of our work weeks.

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October 9, 2009 5:22 AM

"We live in a service and knowledge economy. Many of us aren’t paid by the hour—for that matter, few of us even have “hours” any more."

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October 14, 2009 11:36 AM

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October 15, 2009 2:11 PM

3 day weekends are amazing, but i think if the schedule were every other week, it would work better than every week.

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October 29, 2009 7:29 AM

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October 30, 2009 11:21 AM

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October 30, 2009 12:37 PM

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October 30, 2009 12:46 PM

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October 30, 2009 2:31 PM

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November 2, 2009 5:49 AM

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November 3, 2009 11:57 PM

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November 6, 2009 6:56 PM

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November 10, 2009 6:59 AM

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November 10, 2009 11:58 AM

I have been working a four-day work week for about two years now, and am quite satisfied with the amount of free time I have, and the time I get to spend with my family. I find myself just as productive as when I was working five or six days a week!

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