In 1930, John Maynard Keynes wrote an essay titled “Economic Possibilities for our
Grandchildren”. In this work, Keynes forecasted that in one hundred years hence, we would be working a 15-hour week. Yet today, nearly a century on, we revel in material opulence unimagined by the likes of Keynes, but we still persist with work as if our lives depend on it. In fact, in the 1980s something quite peculiar happened. We bucked the trend of history and started working more. When we had finally triumphed over scarcity, we put our shoulder back to the grindstone rather than allowing ourselves the day off. Why?
Today we launch a new white paper called ‘A 4-Day Working Week?’. In this paper Jessica Andrews sets out six reasons why companies should consider introducing a four-day working week, describes what a four day workweek looks like, and suggests how companies can take the first steps towards taking advantage of the benefits of a new approach to employee time management.
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