On the 26th of September Ireland’s Government started to discuss the matter of getting into the process of modifying the five-day to the four-day working week. The studies from other countries (and also some Irish companies) that have already introduced this, shows that the four-day working week has many positive impacts on businesses and employees.
Employees are becoming motivated and their productivity is increased, stress is drastically reduced and they can have more spare time outside of work which can be spent socializing and enjoying with family and friends or spending their time on something more important to them, not only working for a living.
Four-day working week would mean a lot of positive improvements in health as we wouldn’t have to sit in front of our desks for such a long time, we would also spend less time commuting and reducing our time in traffic and on the roads means decreased carbon emission.
Since the businesses would be closed it would mean fewer expenses in terms of operating the business and energy use. It would also mean a huge positive change in families and especially for busy parents, as they would have more time to spend with their children which is something that they prefer.
However, we have to stay realistic, some of the public businesses would not be able to shift into four-days working week as they are needed to operate full week. This solution of the four-day working week would not be for everyone, but it should become a new standard in the work arrangement.
The main question is – do reduced hours mean reduced pay?
That wouldn’t be a case, the government is still planning to keep the pay the same as with a five-day working week, the only thing that would be decreased is the number of working days.