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Considering a Four-Day Workweek

The growing interest in a 32-hour workweek in the U.S.—as well as around the world—is leading some employers to put their own spin on how they offer workplace flexibility.

One example is the Washington, D.C.-based National League for Nursing (NLN), which offers its 42 employees a 32-hour workweek with the option of working four days including one telework day or five days including two telework days. Under either policy, employees are expected to be in the office three days a week.
Is a 4-Day Workweek for You? Employers Find What Works
SHRM | Aug 2023

Rethinking the Workweek
Are Shorter Workweeks Good for Business?
Is the 32-Hour Workweek Feasible in the US? Experts Weigh In
SHRM | Nov 2022 – Mar 2023

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Law Firm Articles

The four-day workweek: What's not to love about a shorter working week?
Seyfarth | May 2023

Is the 4-Day Workweek Right for Your Business? Top 4 Things for Employers to Consider Before Implementing this Trend
Fisher Phillips | Jan 2023

Are 4-Day Work Weeks Right 4 Employers?
Frantz Ward | Jan 2023


How to Implement a Four-Day Workweek
SHRM | Jun 2022

A Guide to Implementing the 4-Day Workweek
Harvard Business Review | Sep 2021

Implementing A Four-Day Workweek? 15 Important Factors To Consider First
Forbes | May 2021

Pilot Program Results

Towards the end of 2022, headlines began popping up trumpeting the arrival, at long last, of a new way of working. Business Insider's, for example, read: "New Research May Have Just Paved the Way for the 4-Day Week." The research in question was the first large-scale, independent pilot programs to test the impact of reducing the workweek to roughly 32 hours, without any reduction in pay.

Conducted by the non-profit organization 4 Day Week Global (4WDG), the two pilots were based on six-month trials that included 33 companies and a total of 903 employees, primarily in the U.S. and Ireland. They confirmed a thesis that has been gathering steam for a while: a shorter work week is better for both employees and employers.
Why 2023 Could Finally Be the Year of the 4-Day Workweek
Time | Jan 2023

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Related Reading

The COVID-19 pandemic led to a slew of changes in the U.S. workplace: hybrid work, talent shortages, employee mental health issues and more. As a result, newly released data shows that Americans are working fewer hours than ever before. Employers are responding with greater flexibility and larger staffs.
Americans Are Working Fewer Hours. How Are Employers Responding?
SHRM | May 2023

A 4-day workweek could be the key to helping older workers transition into retirement
Fortune | Mar 2023

What a Four-Day Workweek Is Like for Workers Who Have It
Governing | May 2023

Workers Love 4-Day Workweeks. So Does the Planet
Inc. | Apr 2023

Thirty-Two Hour Workweek Act - One Pager
32-hour workweek bill reintroduced in Congress: Will it pass?
The Hill | Mar 2023

Four-Day Work Weeks Are Good for Your Health, a Large Study Finds
Time | Feb 2023