– A telecommunications company was the first to test the four-day working week here for four months: the performance of the employees improved by 10 percent compared to the “normal” work schedule. That’s encouraging, isn’t it?
– It does not matter whether we are talking about physical or mental work. In the case of the latter, calculated at forty hours a week, ten hours of continuous work a day – so not eight, as in a normal week – will no longer be performed well by the employee. The ten-hour daily work schedule is hard to relax from the start, even the three-day “long weekend” that follows is not enough for that. At the end of the day, at least two hours of sports are necessary, otherwise it will lead to a permanent burning of energy reserves.
– Then couldn’t we do better?
– There may indeed be a temporary increase in efficiency, but it is not certain that this will still be the case two years later. In my opinion, the five-day working week would still be ideal, only with fewer working hours.
– Would people support it if it were introduced?
– Most people would of course be happy about it, because they understand that during the shorter working week, they will work less, since they have an extra day. But they won’t be able to use it properly. Let’s say that I work four days and my wife invariably works five, so we do not gain anything at the family level.
– Why aren’t more domestic companies testing the possibility?
– For the time being, it has been started in England and Australia, and it is also about re-tuning the operation of companies and society, which takes a lot of time. It is also a question of whether the employee wants to live with this.
– For the same amount of money…?
– Shorter working hours would obviously mean less basic pay. It is a good idea to offer employees a choice. But let’s look at a surgeon or a factory engineer, they usually work twelve hours, even though they do mental work. What would their four-day work week look like?
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