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Friday, February 1, 2013

A Four-Day Work Week For the Good of the Nation

Three Reason's Why You Should Consider a Four-day Work Week

Let's work SMARTER!

Although it has fallen on deaf ears thus far, I have been advocating for a four-day work week for years now. Consider the following three points:

One, in May of 1926, Ford Motor Company became one of the first companies in America to adopt a five-day, 40-hour week for workers in its automotive factories. The policy would be extended to Ford's office workers the following August.

Manufacturers all over the country, and the world, soon followed Ford's lead, and the Monday-to-Friday work week became standard practice.

In case you have not noticed, America is no longer a manufacturing-based society. While the 40-hour-five-day-a-week standard worked well on assembly lines in the 1920's and throughout the industrial era, we would be remiss if we did not consider that it may not work as well today.

Two, advancements in technology and our 24/7 accessibility as a result of smart devices allow us to be plugged in anywhere, anytime, ALL the time.. often times without additional compensation for our work.

I suggest that based on our technological savvy, we get just as much done, if not more, in four days out of the week than our 1980's, 90's and 00's counterparts did in all five days. We are all wired to death, the line between work and play has blurred and our personal lives and society as a whole will suffer because of it.

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Finally, no one who has worked to capacity Monday - Thursday, as current technology mandates, works Fridays to the best of their ability. Can you honestly say that you get even 1/2 the amount of the work completed on Friday as you do each day, Monday - Thursday?

Let's be honest, by the last day of the week, most of us are spent and are simply trying not to collapse before the 5:00 PM finish line.

Instead of pulling the wool over our eyes, we should re-evaluate this archaic social construct and adjust it to fit today's modern work-live-play lifestyle.

Steven Shattuck elaborates my point:

Steven Shattuck, 28, is a community manager at Slingshot SEO, a search engine optimization consultancy in Indianapolis, in the US, where everyone works 8am-6pm, Monday to Thursday. He thinks the four-day week is the way forward.

"Everything happens so fast in our industry, we think it's important to have Fridays to recharge. We call them research days. They give people a chance to stay up on things, maybe do some independent research or spend time with their families," he says.

"The four-day week is a real selling point when it comes to recruitment. But we're a young company, the median age is 27 or 28, so I guess it would depend on the company culture," he adds.

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Kelliann McDonald is an award winning marketing and public relations strategist and community advocate. A recognized Brand Motivator, McDonald connects people and ideas by designing tailored and engaging marketing communications campaigns for businesses looking to create a competitive advantage in today’s ever-evolving marketplace. Follow her on Twitter at @KelliannMc or on Facebook.com/KelliannMc.
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