Less stress, fatigue, professional burnout, and greater work efficiency – these are the effects of the four-day working week, tested in Poland and around the world. Changes are necessary because employees are overworked. Material of the program “Poland and the World”.
All this is easy to calculate – when working time is shortened, efficiency increases. The tests on the four-day workweek give food for thought.
– After the covid period, when we collided with remote work and hybrid, we have already taken a big step towards thinking that a four-day working week is possible – said Anna Sudolska, labor market specialist at Idea HR Group.
Four-day workweek – pilot programs
In the UK, 61 companies and organizations took part in the six-month survey, with a total of almost three thousand employees. After 6 months of working 4 instead of 5 days a week, it turned out that:
– 71 percent of employees had a lower level of professional burnout; – 46 percent felt less tired; – 39 percent of people were less stressed; – the number of absenteeism from work decreased by 57 percent; – 35 percent of companies recorded higher profits than in the same period a year earlier.
As many as 90 percent of employees would like the 4-day work system to continue.
– It is known that everything takes up as much time as we have at our disposal. So if we have the prospect of a long weekend, a longer weekend or more time that we can devote to private life, we organize ourselves faster and perform certain activities faster – said Monika Smulewicz, partner of Grant Thornton, author of the HR blog on high heels.
Movement for a four-day workweek
The four-day workweek has been or is being tested all over the world and is receiving positive feedback everywhere. The IT industry and creative professions are leading the way in implementing the full-time revolution. In services, manufacturing and medical care, this is unlikely to work.
We don’t have doctors today. Let’s imagine that doctors today work 4 days a week. Who will serve the patients? Today, we know what the queues for doctors are like – said Smulewicz.
The movement for a four-day week is gaining momentum. The wind of change is primarily young workers under 30, for whom work is not the most important thing. And working overtime and working from morning to evening is not an option.
– The difference in the approach to work is gigantic and it is really these entrepreneurs who are shocked when they employ such a young man. Once, when they went to work, it was the highest value, this work was very important. For a young person, it is only a tool to fulfill themselves privately – emphasized Aneta Czernek, recruiter and labor market expert, psychologist, from HRK SA
Four working days a week – test in Poland
Last year, an IT company from Warsaw, employing 150 employees, tested a shorter working week for 6 months. – It came out very clearly that they need more at work to have more peace of mind – said Karolina Marzantowicz, co-founder of A4BEE.
The idea did not survive, but it evolved. The employees are happy. – We have introduced two days in which we have the so-called focus time – on Wednesdays until 1 pm, on Fridays from 1 pm. The time when we may not be available by phone, by e-mail, in which we recommend not to contact other employees – explained Marzantowicz.
Changes are necessary. Recent studies show that Poles are overtired. We spend an average of 1,831 hours a year at work.
– Being a nation of achievements means that we work much more than we do Germany or the British. And even on a scale of 500 hours a year. We work 1830 hours a year, which is a record result in Europe. Only Croats, Greeks and locals are better Malta – said Mikołaj Zając, president of Conperio.
The law on shortening the working time in the Sejm has already been submitted by the Left.
– We used to work a six-day week. We’ve only been working with a weekend off for 50 years. We hope that we won’t have to wait another 50 years, but that it will work much sooner, said Sudolska.
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