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Case
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Reference no. 419-0019-1
Published by: Amity Research Centers
Published in: 2019

Abstract

Work-life balance had always been a struggle. An increased concern for workers' rights along with the power of automation created a shift in thinking in this area. Certain industries did not require as many working hours as earlier any longer. The global trend was inclined towards a four-day workweek. In addition to this, with job disruption on the rise and employees demanding greater flexibility at work, the four day work week was gaining global momentum. This made a lifestyle which was once limited to a select few accessible to more industries and jobs. Working for four days a week but getting paid for five was too good to be true, but companies around the world that cut their work week found that it resulted in higher productivity, more motivated staff and less burnout. But there were pros as well as cons attached to the four day work week. Would this concept become a global phenomenon just as the transition from a six day week to a five day week caught on in the 20th century?

Teaching and learning

This item is suitable for undergraduate courses.

Time period

The events covered by this case took place in 2019.

Geographical setting

Region:
World/global
Country:
United States

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Abstract

Work-life balance had always been a struggle. An increased concern for workers' rights along with the power of automation created a shift in thinking in this area. Certain industries did not require as many working hours as earlier any longer. The global trend was inclined towards a four-day workweek. In addition to this, with job disruption on the rise and employees demanding greater flexibility at work, the four day work week was gaining global momentum. This made a lifestyle which was once limited to a select few accessible to more industries and jobs. Working for four days a week but getting paid for five was too good to be true, but companies around the world that cut their work week found that it resulted in higher productivity, more motivated staff and less burnout. But there were pros as well as cons attached to the four day work week. Would this concept become a global phenomenon just as the transition from a six day week to a five day week caught on in the 20th century?

Teaching and learning

This item is suitable for undergraduate courses.

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Time period

The events covered by this case took place in 2019.

Geographical setting

Region:
World/global
Country:
United States

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