We’ve seen more and more companies experiment with the four-day workweek. Though it seems quite promising to increase mental health, but would it be effective for productivity?
However it is, the four-day workweek might become a reality sooner than we expected. Some small to big firms have taken their steps to try out. Big corporations like Unilever in New Zealand and Microsoft in Japan are a few of them.
Some companies in Singapore have also experimented with four-day workweek. A poll run by Milieu Insight for The Straits Times, said seven out of ten local workers like the shorter workweek.
Anyway, there’s another approach to rival the shorter workweek, which is the arrangement for a shorter working hours per day.
So, instead of four-day workweek, companies can try out 6-hour workday. It’s shorter workweeks versus shorter workdays. It’s interesting, isn’t it?
Though having a longer weekend seems ideal for some people, but squeezing a five-day tasks to four might increase stress, based on a report by BBC.
Alternatively, a shorter workday can increase productivity. Manager will prioritize on more important tasks and remove pointless meetings, letting employees focus on tasks that really matter, according to Adam Grant, a professor of organisational psychology at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
So, if you can take the poll, which one would you choose? A shorter workweek or a shorter workday? Tell us in the comment below.
Wahidin Wong is a digital marketer at Adkomu.com and an editor at Tobeeko.com. He is also a jazz and bossa lover.