How to convince your company to try a four-day work week
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People love the idea that a week can be four days long.
It may be difficult to convince your employer that it is worth testing.
The pilots were launched by 70 British businesses employing 3,300 people. The organization plans to launch another pilot program in North America later this year.
It is a simple idea that employees should be able to work at 80% for 100% of their pay while maintaining 100% productivity. This doesn’t mean you do less work. The bottom line is to work more efficiently and cut down on meetings.
4 Day Week Global is offering workshops about how to convince your company to offer a week of four days to workers because of the high interest.
Alex Soojung Kim Pang, 4 Day Week Global’s global development and programs manager, thinks leaders can be convinced.
He said, “My feeling is that resistance isn’t around asking if it’s possible to work for a 4-day week?” He stated.
“Is this possible in our company?” It is possible in our market. He added. It is more about strategy and tactics than philosophy.
It is certain that a 4-day work week will not be suitable for every company or industry.
According to Pang, here are some things you need to know before approaching your employer and asking for a 4-day workweek.
Do not just appeal to people who want to work less. Pang said, “Rather, you should tackle everyday issues the company faces.”
Pang suggested that it should be used as a way to solve the problems of retention, recruitment and burnout.
Many experts agree that employers could benefit from four-day work weeks. attract and retain talent.
Dave Fisch, chief executive of Ladders career site, stated that employers have an advantage in hiring if they offer shorter workweeks.
“Employers who are not willing to change their policies in order to accommodate the need for flexibility run the risk of losing skilled people, and they may find it difficult to replace them,” he said.
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Do some research before you present your case. Find out what a shorter week could mean for your business. Pang suggests that you identify the first division of your company to test this out.
As much as possible, eliminate unnecessary meetings and identify areas that can be automated.
Pang explained that research shows office workers can lose two to three hour of productivity each day because they are too busy with meetings or distracted by technology.
That tells me that the four-day work week is actually here. It is only being lost under obsolete ways of working.
You can bring your ideas about what criteria should be met for the trial’s success.
Pang stated that “the last thing you would like is for a trial to end in a situation where everyone thinks it was successful, but the CEO insists we need to return to five days.”
If resistance occurs after your pitch is made, you can ask the leaders to provide evidence that would support the decision.
Maybe that’s more data from another organization, or from something that could show you how it works.
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