The TUC have raised the question of a 4 day working week for a 5 day salary. Who wouldn't like that?
There is a business in New Zealand that operates that way and claim they are more productive as a result. Likewise, in this BBC article, there is a company in Wales who also see the benefits. We have clients that operate summer hours, get in early and leave super early and at Aspire we regularly set an activity incentive to leave early on a Friday.
The 4 day week is a great concept, yet it won't work for all and not as a result of technology. New tech, AI and robotics are changing the landscape; replacing jobs in some areas such as manufacturing and warehousing now and probably many others in the future from van and lorry drivers to lawyers and surgeons. But right now, most white collar workers will experience more work as a direct result of tech and it is difficult to see how that will change in the short-term. How can a service industry be a service industry if the people who deliver the service are not available to deliver?
Squeezing 5 days' productivity into 4 has logic. A three day weekend or a mid-week day off would naturally recharge the batteries and create a better work life balance and is an extension of working from home and flexible working. Naturally it only works if the overall benefit is an increase in productivity so organisations can grow. Watch this space...
A report this January from Centre for Cities found that 3.6m UK jobs could be replaced by machines by 2030