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The Four Day Working Week

In the UK, a five day working week which is usually Monday to Friday has been traditionally regarded as the norm, especially for full time office based employees. Of course, many employees work weekends and differing hours and shifts as the traditional Monday to Friday patterns are being altered.
Written by
Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
May 29, 2024

In the UK, a five day working week which is usually Monday to Friday has been traditionally regarded as the norm, especially for full time office based employees. Of course, many employees work weekends and differing hours and shifts as the traditional Monday to Friday patterns are being altered. While the average number of hours worked per week is around thirty six, a growing number of companies are exploring the benefits of compressing the week's workload into four days instead of five. This shift is gaining popularity for various reasons and is advantageous to both employees and employers.

Primarily, one of the major advantages of a four day week is that it provides the opportunity to achieve a far healthier work life balance due to the extra day off each week where employees can recharge as they disconnect from the stress of work, spend quality time with friends and family or enjoying leisure pursuits,hobbies and activities. With increased time to do whatever you choose for three days of the week, stress levels decrease and the overall wellbeing contributes to enhanced job satisfaction, once back at work.

A compressed working week can result in increased productivity. This is due to employees being aware of their shorter timeframe in which to accomplish tasks and projects and will inevitably focus more intensely and efficiently  during their assigned working hours. This heightened concentration can lead to much clearer decision making and a more streamlined workflow. All of this ultimately benefits the company for which you work.

The shorter working week also aligns with environmental sustainability efforts. With one less day of commuting, employees can significantly reduce their individual carbon footprint as it contributes to a decrease in traffic congestion and can lower emissions. Additionally, fewer days in the office environment equates to reduced energy consumption which in turn reduces costs for companies as well as having an overall positive impact on the environment.

It can be a powerful tool for recruiting top talent to an organisation, simply by implementing a four day working week. By offering potential employees a more flexible schedule, companies demonstrate their commitment towards employee wellbeing and the all important work life balance. This can be a significant factor in recruitment drives.

The shift towards a four day working week reflects a positive evolution in the way professional lives are approached and structured, offering a myriad of benefits for all.

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