In 1926, Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, started the concept of a five-day, 40-hour work week for employees. However, this type of work schedule is being questioned by individuals and employers alike. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find top talent to work within this time constraint. This is especially the case now with the current job market in favor of the employee. Potential employees have more options, therefore creating a need for a potential employer to differentiate themselves from the competition. Also, this Monday through Friday 9am – 5pm schedule can be considered antiquated, and with so many advances in technology, questioned in efficiency.

Below we will explore the pros and cons of having a 4-day work week and how it can affect your company’s bottom line, employee morale, and the way you conduct business overall.

The Pros of a 4-Day Work Week

Increased Productivity
Employees tend to be more motivated when working for a company that they feel cares about and values their time. By offering an extra day during the week to take time for themselves, they will most likely reciprocate by being the most productive during their active work days/hours.

Flexibility
One of the key thoughts behind a four-day work week is to give employees more time off so they can utilize the additional time to do what they need. For example, employees can use this time for running personal errands, doctors appointments, working out, spending time with their family, or simply having downtime for themselves.

Improved Health
Implementing a 4-day work week can also help employees reduce their stress and anxiety levels. It is proven that spending more time outdoors and limiting time sitting at a desk in an office can also drastically decrease the risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and more ailments.

Cons of a 4-day work week

Doesn’t Suit Every Business Model
Some businesses simply cannot function with only four workdays each week. If existing customers are used to products/services being available on a certain schedule, sales, as well as customer retention, could drop with the schedule change.

Create Chaos

When first implementing a 4 day work week schedule, especially if trying to stagger employees to ensure coverage, or to allow for flexibility of which day of the week, it can create a bit of a ripple effect through the business. Getting a good system in place for your specific business can be cumbersome. Until all the logistics are worked out, there can be a loss in productivity, income, and create confusion between the employees and the employer.

Get In Touch

Considering implementing a 4 day work week, or have other HR related questions? Contact Tammy Klein at Klein HR Solutions by calling 305-775-5640 or email: tammy@kleinhrsolutions.com.