The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our work patterns, business management and work culture. It has shone a light on the relationships between our wellbeing, how we work, and business performance.
As the UK is coming out of the pandemic, research from the University of Reading has shown that four-day work weeks are becoming more popular. The move is proving to be healthier for employees and businesses.
What research was conducted?
The research was conducted by the Henley Business School at the University of Reading. The research team surveyed 2,000 employees and 500 business leaders, including businesses that have already implemented a four-day working week.
What were the findings?
Four-day work weeks are better for our wellbeing.
Four-day work weeks are better for business.
What does they mean?
Each business is unique, and there will remain barriers around feasibility of a four-day week for certain business models. There will also remain barriers around perception and resentment amongst employees. To overcome these, businesses will need a clear set of guidelines and management processes.
Despite the barriers, the general trend is that a four-day work week is growing in popularity. As it does so it can bring a healthier relationship to work and benefits beyond the individual.
How should we view this?
The way we work will continue to evolve as we recover from the pandemic – a four-day week appears to be a key part of this.
As work evolves, we need to ensure the principles of diversity and inclusion are instilled. This means guaranteeing women and minority groups work on a level playing field as an imperative.