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The four day work week

Published on 23 November 2021

I read this morning that Atomic Bank are introducing a four day work week without reducing pay. The arrangement requires working an extra hour a day but reduces the total hours from 37.5 to 34.

To me the four day week has always made sense, but I do have one concern which is summed up in the following quotation from the article.

“However, I think the challenge of simply reducing people’s working hours without other changes is that you can increase exposure to stress, which is already one of the main causes of working time lost to sickness absence.”

— Ben Willmott, head of public policy at the Chartered Institute of Professional Development

There is already a problem with people overworking, and reducing their contracted hours may cause them to feel more pressure to get things done in less time, though I would argue that this is a problem that needs solving regardless of the four day work week.

Personally I am in favour of this way of working, and not just because it increases the length of my weekend. I truly believe that it’s possible to acheive just as much in four days as it is in five. It does require changes, but I think it could work.

On a final note, we often talk about work/life balance, but only 28.5% of your week belongs to you. If we had more time to spend with our families and indulge in our passions we’d be in a much better mental state to do our best work.

This post is part of a series of posts in which I write and publish a blog post every day throughout November 2021. There are no constraints on the project and the posts don’t neccissarliy have any connection to each other.

See all of the posts in the 30 days of writing project.