Can a four-day-a-week workweek really work?

I am not the person for a four-day workweek. My typical week involves about 50 hours over six days a week. But then I’m a workaholic, and that’s not really a good thing.

Most people in the US, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), worked for an average of 34.7 hours in 2021. So, in a way, you could argue we’re already heading to a four-day-a- week work week.

Of course, it’s not really that simple. The BLS numbers also include part-time workers. And these days, by career analysis company Zippia’s count, roughly 36% of the US workforce worked some in the gig economy in 2020.

Work is complicated.

Still, the idea of ​​working a four-day-a-week workweek is an attractive one.

Now, in a UK pilot project, thousands of employees are working a four-day week with no reduction in pay. This is the most significant labor experiment of its kind. It involves 3,300 workers at 70 companies, ranging from a car parts retailer to an animation studio, marketing agency, and fish-and-chip shop.

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