4 day week, for or against?

4 days work, 5 rupees is paid. In other words: less work, same pay. The idea has something to entice. This is a 4-day week concept, already tested by some countries, but a few companies in France have also adopted it. If employees seem to be at the center of this approach to working for the better, then what about bosses? Are there results in terms of productivity? Would you be willing to switch to a 4-day week as an employee or business manager? We let you talk in our weekly polls.

Wrote SicilyJune 21, 2022, at 8:00 p.m.

4 days a week, enough to satisfy employees and bosses?

On June 1, the United Kingdom launched a massive test, the largest ever on the subject 4 days work week. 3,000 employees of 60 companies are now working 4 days a week without pay. The project called “4 Days Week Global” will run for 6 months. The goal is to ensure that this concept of work brings satisfaction to the employee, but does not give up profitability. Because the challenge is to allow employees to increase their standard of living, but also to increase their turnover with companies, or at least bear the additional cost.

In France, the LDLC case

In France, some companies have already adopted this new working method. This event LDLC Company, Distributor of computers and high-tech equipment. In January 2021, the company therefore switched to 4-day week, viz 32 hours per week without loss of income For the 1,000 employees of the Leon Company. A year later, the results are positive for staff, as reported Exceed. ” Take them to school, go to school with them … what happiness! “, Admits to the newspaper an employee who is also a father. However, a year ago, when management warned employees via email, many thought it was a joke because the promise seemed too good to be true. A year later, It’s just a bonus “The judge interviewed another employee.

Earlier, at the end of the week, we all pulled our legs a little. With an extra day of rest, we have a lot more energy “, Also notes one LDLC employee, while another assures:” With longer workdays, we have more time to do things, so we do them better. “Because 32-hour weekdays get one day off, LDLC staff therefore work 8-hour days, not 7-hour days. And from a management standpoint, is a 4-day week successful?

Employees will be more productive if they work less.

More productive employees

The group’s president, Laurent de la Clargie, confirmed the results in a test conducted at Microsoft in Japan. One year after the 4-day week took effect at LDLC, the company manager assured him: Its staff is more productive, Because when they are at work, they no longer have to worry about their personal obligations. ” This gap between work and home is no more. So they are more efficient “, He reports Exceed. Even if managers are more skeptical at first – in fact, how can a 32-hour job be confirmed within 35 hours? – The new organization finally made sense to everyone. Union included.

The new work internally deployed at LDLC therefore delights the unions, as confirmed by the company’s CGT union representative, Miriam Lettondot. ” In addition to good health, employees save money: for example, babysitting on Wednesdays does not require a nanny to pay for childcare. And with the rise in petrol prices, it is one trip less per week. A

Note that in LDLC, days that do not work are not specified for fairness. That way, everyone can enjoy a 3-day weekend almost every 3 weeks. A choice that can be rewarding for employees who need to replace colleagues and therefore discover new locations.

The 4 day working week is therefore a success for the LDLC company, which ensures that it does not incur any additional costs after one year. ” I guess people will work 32 hours more in four days than 35 out of five! “, Underlining the boss, who still calculated the cost of such a measure in the initial 1 million euros.

LDLC, 4 days working week

At LDLC, the 4-day week is a success.

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4-Day Action Week: What do the countries that tested it think?

The 4-day week, regularly tested by think tanks, often returns to the front page of the news and is not only gaining followers. Especially on social networks, it is clear that the idea is associated with fierce opposition. Their main argument is that in the age of globalization, a country that does less work may not be as productive in the face of certain nations who do not count their working hours. Some workers draw a parallel with the 35-hour shift in France, A turning point that, in the end, contributed to wage reductions, they believe. The risk may actually be there: will the 32-hour generalization lead bosses to offer lower pay, in the case of a new hire?

So far, several companies have adopted it in France and it is a success. In addition to LDLC, let’s mention Iprema (Ile-de-France), Love Radius (PACA) and Welcome to the Jungle (Paris). In total, 5% of French companies have already implemented this 4-day work week and 19% of their employees offer a flexible work policy.

Belgian workers get the right to switch to a 4-day week

Other countries are also testing similar work agencies. Let us quote among others Belgium. In May 2022, Belgian workers were entitled to switch to a 4-day week for their part, without a drop in pay. They must Full week of work, more than 4 days instead of 5. Employees who wish to do this must compress their work within 4 days, in other words: be more productive in order to take one day off each week.

“The aim is to give people and companies more freedom to organize their work,” said Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Cruz.

Iceland, the leading country in the 4-day action week

Work 4 days a week without pay loss, Iceland tested it from 2015 to 2019. It is noteworthy that the employees who took part in the test (about 2,500) had to work 35 to 36 hours instead of the usual 40 hours. The pilot project was so successful that Icelandic unions were able to negotiate a reduction in weekly work hours. From, About 90% of the active population actually benefits from a system of their working hours. According to researchers overseeing the pilot study, the key is to reduce the stress and fatigue of Icelandic workers, thanks to a better work-life balance.

Happy staff

Working 4 days a week allows employees to enjoy a better work-life balance.

Sweden has reservations

If the 4-day action week in Iceland is successful, the reactions are even more mixed in Sweden, where a similar test was conducted in 2015. The idea then was to work 6 hours a day instead of 8 hours, without loss. Income. An idea has been opposed by various political parties, even the Left, since its inception. Fear them? This kind of less work costs a lot more per week.

In Finland, conversions in 4 working days per week were not finally recorded

In January 2020, information was circulating in the media: Finland was about to switch to a 4-day work week. If the Prime Minister of Finland Sana Marin in his previous speech had actually raised the idea of ​​a working day limited to 6 hours or 4 working days per week, then the facts were not followed. During her speech on behalf of the 4-day week, the young woman was the Minister of Transport and Communications. It was then possible to read on his Twitter account: Short working hours can and should be discussed. A four-day week or a six-hour day at a decent wage may seem like a utopia today, but may be achievable in the future.. A

In Scotland, a 4-day work week in 2023 should also be tested, a test that should also be done in Wales. In France, 22 years after 35 hours came into force, More than 6 out of 10 French people want to go 4 days work week ৷, According to the survey “People at Work 2022”. The survey, conducted by ADP (World Leader on Human Resources) among 33,000 people in 17 countries, further revealed that about one in three employees would receive lower pay for more time in their personal lives. The idea would be more appealing to employees who have parents (69%), but also women (66%) – perhaps because of their statistically clearer involvement in managing household chores? – and 25-44 year olds (67%).

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