There is a lot of current debate about whether a 4 day working week is possible.

We believe that in most companies and most industries it could be, with the right balance of appropriate resources, processes, skills and allocation of time.

There is of course, a lot more to it than that, and at the top of the tree in all case studies that support the theory, is likely to be clear, smart working, by all involved.

“With greater focus on employee wellbeing and investment in advanced technologies, can organisations achieve such an improved level of productivity that the traditional working week becomes just four days?” says Claire Richardson, European Director, Workforce Institute at Kronos, in the HR Zone article Is a four-day working week really possible?

Claire continues, “Organisations are taking necessary steps to implement technologies to help them achieve improved productivity and empower a more engaged workforce to work smarter and work their way.

This raises a key question: with greater focus on employee wellbeing and investment in advanced technologies, can organisations achieve such an improved level of productivity that the traditional working week becomes just four days?”

“…organisations (should) consider the impact on employees with any new implementation. For example, any technology should be designed, built and implemented as part of an overall drive to empower employees to do their jobs more effectively, in a way that encourages pride in their work. This has to be a key consideration, rather than simply thinking of the bottom line, which is often the case.”

Claire’s article presents researched evidence that quality over quantity will help to balance time against the outputs required for a sustainable business that can not only exist but grow. We recommend you consider the article and let us know what you think?

Is a 4 day working possible in your business? If so, why… and if not, why not? Please share your experiences and views by Subscribing to comment below.

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