4-Day Work Week
What do Americans think about working lesser hours each week?

69%

Americans said that they were satisfied with their current work schedule

65%

were of the opinion that a reduced 4 day or 36-hour work week is good

64%

Americans agreed that a reduced work week would increase productivity while 65% said that it would result in a better quality of output

80%

Americans agreed that a 3-day weekend fits their needs well

Between 2015 and 2019, Iceland trialed a 4-day work week schedule in which workers were paid the same amount for shorter working hours i.e., 32 to 36 hours each week. This trial was seen as an “overwhelming success” and led to many workers moving to shorter hours in the country.

As a result, 86% of the Icelandic workforce is now running on a 4-day work week while many other countries like Japan and Spain are also pursuing their own trials for the same. This has not gone unnoticed in the United States either, as a California congressman recently introduced legislation for getting the 4-day work week adopted in America.

The idea behind a four-day work week is nothing radical but it has a lot of claimed advantages. It is claimed that people can achieve the same weekly tasks in fewer hours and hence have more time to pursue hobbies or other interests and spend time with loved ones. There is a lot in it for the companies as well, since they can also benefit from reduced worker burnout and lower employee turnover.

However, a few potential downsides cannot be overlooked. Some may enjoy the social aspects of their jobs or find their work so engaging that they do not want to do less of it. Some might find the added pressure of getting more done in less time a bit too much pressure to deal with. There is also the issue of implementing this compressed schedule in service industries like hospitals, fire departments, and logistics.

Piplsay polled 1000 employed individuals across America to find out what they think about a reduced work week and its perceived advantages and disadvantages.

Survey Methodology: This Piplsay survey was conducted nationwide among employed individuals in the US on April 14th, 2022. We received 1000 online responses from individuals aged 18 years and older.

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