Five Day Work Week - Is it a Fit for Your Business?

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Five Day Work Week - Is it a Fit for Your Business?

Episode Summary

How many days is your work week? The typical work week for most people tends to be five days, Monday through Friday, but is that the right work week for you? Up until 1926, when Henry Ford implemented the five-day, 40-hour work week, people in factories were averaging 100-hour weeks! Now of course I don't think 100-hour work weeks are right for anybody, but sticking to the typical five-day work week may also not be suited for everybody. Figuring out whether or not the five-day work week is seeing where your business's efficiency and productivity are at it's best.

In this episode, you will hear

[2:26] The US government started tracking work hours back in the late 1800s
[4:31] The pressure to improve working conditions at that time.
[7:11] How the Fair Labor Standards Act formalized the 40 hour workweek.
[8:49] Is severance still applicable to today’s work culture?
[10:15] The four-day workweek.
[11:22] Do we really need butts in seats on screens Monday through Friday?
[13:41] You need to set up some accountability procedures to be able to manage projects and deadlines and output.
[16:03] How to test out the four day workweek.
[18:04] People are more productive, but it takes some effort.

 

"Making sure someone's active on Slack or Microsoft teams is not actually a measure of their productivity. You need to set up some accountability procedures to be able to manage projects and deadlines and output."

 

In this episode, you will learn the following:
1. Did you know the US government found that the average full time factory worker was working 100 hours work weeks in the late 1800s?
2. Could a 32 hour work week across the US become a reality?
3. Could transitioning to a four day work week actually increase productivity?

 

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Find more information on my website peopleprinciples.co

 

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