Company tries four-day work-week, discovers only upsides


#41

Long ago, while working a crappy retail job on a Sunday morning, some old woman tried to castigate me for working on Sunday. I replied “but ma’am, you’re shopping on Sunday.” That shut her right up.


#42

That might not work in the US where ‘work week’ for things like overtime, when talking about hourly wage workers, are based on a 40-hour week. I worked for a state government on a two-week pay period, and even though the pay period was 80 hours, overtime had to be figured based on each 40 hour week.


#43

One possible ‘downside’ is for employees. Back in the 1980s, or maybe early 1990s, IBM Customer Engineers (i.e. hardware repairmen) went on 4-day work weeks. I worked in a mainframe data center and so many of these CEs became personal friends. More than one said they spent more money because of the extra day off each week - families wanted to take more short trips for example.


#44

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