Is a 4-Day Workweek the Answer to Get People in the Office?

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Biden keeps saying that we’re getting closer to “normal.” The problem is that the liberals allowed people to get too comfortable working from home. It means that “normal” is still a long way away. In fact, we may have to redefine what the workweek looks like.

People don’t want to work in the office environment anymore. They’d rather work in sweatpants from home and jump on the occasional Zoom meeting when they have to interact with others from their office.

As more and more people identify that they don’t want things to go back to the way they were, the four-day workweek is being introduced.

A non profit associated with the University of Oxford, 4 Day Week Global, is part of an effort where thousands of people across the United States will be testing a four-day workweek over the next six months. It involves everyone taking Friday off.

It sounds great – but it’s important to understand all that is going on. Everyone will still have to work just as hard. Productivity may have to increase. Most companies are actually allowing everyone to drop down to 32 hours instead of trying to push 40 hours into four days.

The nonprofit, which is testing this across 38 companies in the U.S. and Canada, refers to the test as the 100-80-100 model. Workers would get 100 percent of their pay for 80% of the time spent in the office as long as they maintain 100% productivity.

Basically, if workers really want that extra day off at the end of the week, they’ll have to work for it.

The goal of this test is to determine if it has a positive impact on both productivity and well-being over time.

With so many companies moving to a fully remote working model, it’s causing problems in other areas. Restaurants nearby are suffering because they’re not catering luncheons. Bars nearby aren’t getting the “happy hour” crowd anymore. And other companies are suffering, too – printers, coffee shops, and more.

By providing a shorter workweek, there’s an incentive for employees to return to the office. They get to enjoy an extra day off – but they have to do so within the office.

As CNBC reports, the chief strategy officer of Kickstarter, Jon Leland, explains that a shorter workweek can offer quite a few benefits. Leland says that “A lot of it is better management and being focused on the priorities and expectations of work so teams don’t spend as much time navigating ambiguity.”

Kickstarter knew they needed some kind of incentive to get people into the office. Last year, they operated remotely to the fullest extent. And they knew it was time to return to at least a semi-traditional model.

CEOs of businesses small and large call the four-day workweek “inevitable.” One of the reasons is because workers would rather go into the office for only four days, even if it means they have to be more productive during those days. As a Qualtrics survey proves, it helps to support their mental health, too.

Joe O’Connor, the CEO of 4 Day Week Global explains that “the biggest risk isn’t trying this out and it not working. Your biggest risk is your competitor doing it first.”

Businesses know they need to offer some kind of added benefit to employees to lure them back to the office. And with all that Biden isn’t doing for Americans right now, it’s more advantageous than ever. It means less spent on gas, less spent on work attire, and a higher level of job satisfaction.

This may be the only way to get back to even some level of “normal” – at least for as long as Biden is the one calling the shots in the U.S.