In 2022, 61 UK-based organisations participated in a six-month trial and, a year later, 89% of them continued with the policy, with 51% making it permanent.

It promises to offer a potential solution to improve our work-life balance, increase our productivity and make us happier and healthier.

But can it really be a “one size fits all” answer?

Here’s are some pros and cons to consider, as we ponder the hashtagThursdayFeeling:

✅ Pros 👇

📈 Enhanced Productivity
Working a reduced (not compressed) week, encourages a razor-sharp focus and creative approach. Working smarter, not harder.

⚖️ Better Work-Life Balance
An extra day off gifts us more time to rest, play and manage our caring responsibilities, reducing burnout and stress. We might even nail that pesky ‘life admin’, too.

😎 Employer Brand
Embracing a four-day week could be a powerful tool for attracting and retaining top talent, especially among younger generations who value flexibility.

❌ Cons 👇

😕 Operational Challenges
A four-day week could pose logistical challenges for some businesses, especially with client-facing roles or without client buy-in.

😮‍💨 Risk of Burnout
Although intended to relieve burnout, a shorter work week might actually increase stress, if employees feel pressured to complete a busy workload in less time.

👎 Client Expectations
Meeting client demands might be more complex with fewer work days, and could necessitate careful communication and negotiation.

We’d love to know what you think. Contact us for a chat and advice if you’re also thinking about this topic.