• Nicole Sherwin

Why we need the four-day workweek

As a big fan of not wasting my time, this is the efficiency I need.

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The four day work week seems like a lazy girl's dream, but believe it or not, it's actually a concept where you're actually encouraged to work more, not less. It turns out that despite our 'eight hours a day, five days a week' official work situation, we don't really work all that much. Who knew?! Um, probably all of us who have spent the whole workday in the office switching between making cups of Nescafe Blend 43 and going to the toilet 525 times to hide the fact we're actually not doing any work. But just like that Bogan Dust coffee, the five-day workweek also belongs in the bin. So may I present, why it's time to get around the four-day workweek:


We spend nearly 2/3 of the workweek not working

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There's a bunch of research into productivity at work which suggests that we are productive for a maximum of three hours in a day. Most of the research suggests it’s actually more like 1.5 hours. Yet we are forced to be 'on the clock' for a minimum of eight hours per day. It seems like we're wasting a shit load of time with an Excel spreadsheet up on the screen to fain work, when we could be doing far more productive things with our time, like watching Schitt's Creek for the 15th time.


The concept of 9-5 is older than anything on Antiques Roadshow

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The 9-5 workweek is a concept that stemmed from the Industrial Revolution that began in 1760. Back then, people also believed potatoes caused leprosy, the Earth was the centre of the universe and you could cure illness with a tobacco enema! So you know, times change and research becomes a pretty handy thing.


The four day workweek actually increases productivity

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The legend behind the four day work week, Andrew Barns, pulled out the old Texas Instrument and calculated that staff only needed to be 40 more minutes more productive per day in a four day work week to be more efficient than the current situation. By paying the same wage but offering a four-day workweek, he concluded