4-Day Work Week Test in 2023: Better Productivity, Save Money and 4 More Ways to Convince Your Boss to Join You

  • The four-day working week will be tested from February and July next year to see if it works in South African businesses
  • Studies indicate there is no difference in academic performance when the workload of a five-day week is compressed into four days
  • Bigger companies such as Panasonic, Growthpoint and Stellenbosch Business School have tried the shorter workweek

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JOHANNESBURG – The concept of the four-day workweek has been widely celebrated to the point that it will be piloted by a local group in 2023. A mass experiment will take place between February and July next year which will see local businesses pay their staff 100% of wages for 80% of the work.

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The 4-Day Week South Africa group plans to offer companies the opportunity to be part of the academic study while providing mentorship on change. Business Intern has compiled advice on how South African employees can convince their bosses to join the test team.

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Studies indicate that there is no difference in academic performance when the workload of a five-day week is compressed into four days. According to the publication, a Canadian city has managed to have a shorter week and the same in the UK.

A four-day work week could mean increased productivity. Even though the work week is shorter, 100% of the results are still produced.

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Bigger companies such as Panasonic, Growthpoint and Stellenbosch Business School have tried the shorter workweek and naming them your boss can be a good selling point. The publication also suggests that implementing the four-day working week could attract more talent to companies.

Studies have also found that the four-day work week helps reduce stress and burnout among employees. Staff turnover is also decreasing. And if all that wasn’t convincing enough, the four-day work week means less money will be spent on electricity, water and other costs.

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RCT indicated that the four-day working week will help other aspects such as unemployment, make life easier for single mothers and reduce climate change.

Mzansi reacts to the proposal:

@njblack2003 said:

“The government has already perfected this – they work 1% of the time for 100% pay, plus bribes.”

Pheladi Tahoma wrote:

“It’s not a matter of days, it’s a matter of commitment and dedication.”

British company asks its employees to work four days a week and does not apply pay cuts

In a related case, In brief News also reported that it was for this particular reason that a British bank decided to reduce the working days of its staff, all in a bid to increase productivity.

In brief News Atom Bank, Britain’s first smartphone-based bank, has recently shifted its staff to a four-day-a-week working arrangement.

The icing on the cake is that their pay stays the same, a move revealed by bank bosses aimed at making employees happier and healthier.

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