The last two years have accelerated new ways of working and collaborating. Before the pandemic, we couldn’t seem to get off the starting block despite increased investment in tech and a rising movement among workers. “Hybrid” is what will finally pave the path to permanent flexibility. Today, the traditional 9-5, five-day workweek looks rather old-fashioned.
Workers are rightly calling for more flexibility, better work-life balance, and more choice in deciding when, where and how to best do their jobs. We’ve just kicked off the biggest pilot ever over the last few years, the results of which and future phases will likely run and be analyzed and debated. All signs point to an evolving definition of work.
The four day work week is a hot topic. Belgium’s right to work a five-day week in four days with no loss of salary. Iceland’s “overwhelming success” trialing a shortened work week with “dramatically increased” employee wellbeing. And the UK business-driven four-days’ work, five-days’ pay, or the seven-day “just get your work done” model are just some more examples. The “working week, working hours”-debate is not new and it’s not done, that’s for sure.
Today, positive change like a four day work week, means a future of work that is more flexible, more oriented towards wellbeing and more purpose-driven than we could ever have imagined.
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