The four-day work week

Thinking of implementing a four-day work week? It’s easier than you think.

In this episode, Joe O’Connor of joined me to discuss implementing a four-day week and why CEOs and HR managers should consider trying it. We also discussed the global dynamic around the shift in mindset among businesses.

Offering flexible working or remote working used to be a competitive advantage. This is no longer the case. This is now a standard expectation.–Joe O’Connor, 13:53

And part of the beauty around that is the quid pro quo. You know, that’s the idea it’s for many leaders who’ve done that. They described it as the cheapest and most effective process improvement strategy we have ever deployed..–Joe O’Connor, 34:44

We’re going to try the four-day work week, and we’re going to share how it worked for us. Just as we’ve shared things like being a digital-focused company that’s always been a virtual workplace.–Loren Baker, 40:32

[00:00] – A bit about Joe and the four-day work week.
[04:01] – Is a 3-day weekend a great incentive?
[06:15] – Does this level the playing field with gender equality?
[13:10] – Why is the four-day work week suddenly taking off?
[17:00] – How does it differ from country to country?
[21:35] – Recommended tools for outdated working methods.
[25:21] – How to make the most of someone’s natural productivity.
[26:40] – Misconceptions about closing the business on a Friday or a Monday.
[31:53] – Learn from a study of a company that moved to a four-day work week.

People said that their production, expectations and responsibilities were the same as before the reduction in working hours. And these are the same as our five-day colleagues. So what does this tell us? It tells us two things. First, we have a gender issue in the workplace. Second, Parkinson’s Law is the idea that the length of time you have to complete a task that a task will stretch to fill the time available for its completion. And that’s something that drives the philosophy behind the four-day workweek movement.–Joe O’Connor, 05:20

It seemed to be the first, and the last was this indicator of who was working the hardest, and not necessarily the indicator of who was working the smarter.–Loren Baker, 15:15

People’s priorities have changed. For many people, the pandemic has forced them to realign how they value different things in their lives and what they think constitutes a reasonable work-life balance.–Joe O’Connor, 20:12

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Joe O’Connor is a driven and dynamic campaigner with extensive leadership experience in campaign work and organizational transitions. His passion lies in social justice issues that relate to the economic empowerment of all people around the world – he is the Global CEO of 4 Day Week!

Currently, Joe is leading the 4 Day Week Global pilot program, with 150 companies launching coordinated six-month trials of the 4 Day Week in the first half of 2022 alone. These trials involve 7,000 employees from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

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