Many employers and employees have simply realised, after the world changed overnight, that their priorities were wrong and want to focus on that work-life balance. In January a number of UK companies, including Atom Bank and the UK division of Canon, have signed up for a six month trial of the “four day week” or more importantly, “the three day weekend”.
The “100:80:100” working model (100 per cent pay for 80 per cent of the time, yet committing to 100 per cent productivity) is what best categorises the “four day week” concept. In simple terms the pros are pretty obvious; the employee gets more free time, with no reduction in salary, with the assumption that everyone will work harder and more efficiently to make sure they don’t jeopardise the extra day off.
However, how we use this additional day will be the challenge. Will we relax and recharge? Will it make us more considerate and community minded? Or whilst others relax will some see it as an opportunity to get ahead by checking their emails, and working regardless. Will our social media feeds be inundated with #workingonmydayoff as the comparison culture thrives even more – gone will be instagram posts of nice meals to be replaced with images of people doing that bit extra for work !