Ok so, that Friday Feeling is a marvellous one, but is it a sense of joy, or is it more a sense of relief? We suspect it’s probably the latter! This weekend your sigh of relief can be even bigger, as we get an extra day off… what a treat! However, for some employees, a three-day-weekend is the norm, so should we all really be working Monday through to Thursday? We take a look at the debate…
Majority of us work 9-5, five days week. It’s what we’re all condition to do and is considered an, ‘average working week.’ It may be the norm, but how many people do we hear moan about it? Pretty much all of us, therefore, this raises the question, why do we do it? And more importantly, should we be doing it? Some companies have chosen to go against this tradition and claim that it has actually improved the productivity of their workers. Here’s why:
1. They work harder to meet their weekly targets
A four day week goes weekly, so knowing they haven’t got long to meet their goals, workers tend to up the anti, meaning they usually meet targets that would otherwise take them five days, within the four day period.
2. Workers are in a more positive mood
Having a three-day weekend means employees get to spend more time with their family and friends. Consequently, they’re often in a better frame of mind come Monday morning and research has shown that happy staff = more work completed.
3. They have a new-found respect for their boss
Workers appreciate the fact they only have to work four days a week, as they know this is a privilege not many are given. The number of days employees have off sick, is therefore lower, as they are more likely to feel guilty skiving.
4. Employees choose their company over competitors
As a three-day weekend is so appealing, employers find that workers tend to want to work for their company more so than their competitors, so when it comes to interviews, they have the pick of the bunch!
5. Laziness is a thing of the past
Workers know they have more time off than a lot of their friends, so because they find themselves at their desk less often, they’re actually more productive. They have more of a work-life balance, which actually means when they do work, they get more done.
It looks like a four-day working week is more beneficial for staff and employers, so will more companies take this ethos on board? We doubt it, but it was nice to dream…
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