IT’S TIME FOR THE FOUR DAY WORK WEEK
We'd be a lot healthier if we only worked four days a week. We'd save on the cost of healthcare, reduce air pollution, and be in much better shape to do a much better job when we return to work on Monday.
At first, working only four days a week might mean that we'd be jammed up trying to get our jobs done and our tasks accomplished in only four days. We're already doing that now. We work like mad dogs Monday through Thursday because we know that come Friday, our brains will be in goof off mode. We head into work Friday thinking more about what we're going to do on the weekend than generating new business. We might wrap up any unfinished tasks on Friday, but only because we know we won't have to revisit that situation on Monday. On Monday, work is much more stressful than other day of the week except for Tuesday. More people croak from heart attacks on Monday mornings around 9am than any other time or day of the week.
Tuesday is the one day of the week when we're fully engaged with whatever we do without all the lumpy agony of Monday. We book appointments, check in with clients, drum up new business, and put in a longer day both physically and mentally. We race the clock to see which crosses the finish line first; time spent well or time spent wasted. If we waste time on Tuesday there's hell to pay on Wednesday even if we stayed with the five day work week.
If we only had a four day work week, we'd also reduce the unemployment numbers. More people would be hired, part time or full time, to fill the in the gap created by full time employees taking the day off on Friday. While it's a given that these fill- in -the- gap workers would work longer hours, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, remember they have four days off until the next Friday. This time frame would allow them, especially part time workers, to seek out other opportunities to supplement their three day income.
A four day work week would also result in more productivity since most full time workers don't produce much on Friday anyway. By lunchtime, they're all on cruise control, daydreaming about the weekend than applying themselves to whatever they do to collect a paycheck. Almost every one working on a Friday will admit that they get about as much work accomplished then as they do sleeping in on a Saturday morning, which means they might as well put their feet up and join the rest of the workforce that's slacking off. Even those in sales will admit that clients don't really want to make time for them on Fridays because they're moving in first gear just as the rest of us are. We have fewer cars in the parking lot where I work on Friday than any other day of the week except for Saturdays or Sundays.
Let's all work together and campaign for a four day work week. Mention it to others you work with. Groundswell eventually wends its way to the top, making the idea much more palpable to executives, managers, and owners of small businesses. We used to work 7 days a week. Now it's down to 5 and it could be 4. Our GDP won't suffer and our health will improve, energizing both our work ethic and our happiness and saving our employers a ton of money by decreasing absenteeism while increasing employee enthusiasm and productivity.