Workers in Iceland who took on a four-day workweek reported better work-life balance and even a more positive attitude at work. Workers in New Zealand with a four-day workweek were 20% more productive than when they worked a full-day workweek.
While the four-day workweek has gotten some buzz because of these positive effects, not everyone’s buzzed about the idea of bringing it to their work life. Many workers worry — reasonably — about time and productivity.
Adopting a four-day workweek isn’t as easy as giving your team Fridays off. Like how many managers and employees worked hard to adjust to remote work — and how many still are adjusting — the four-day workweek also requires a lot of effort and adjustment.
It’s not just a schedule shift; it’s a cultural one. It requires reassessing meetings, workflows, deadlines, and team communication. It means analyzing resources, employee productivity, and engagement.