Workers today have different needs than those of the past

Depending on what you do, you might be more productive with a four day work week. Microsoft found when it shifted some of its employees in Japan to a 32-hour week they responded with a 40% boost in productivity. Supporters say we need new ideas for the information age.

Workplace culture expert Daren Martin says this is the future.

"If we can condense work into a tighter time-frame I think we're gonna find we'll all be a lot more productive."

Martin says the eight-hour day and 40-hour week were devised for factory workers.

"We're using factory mindset in a modern, digital age and it's just crashing and burning, so let's do this thing different."

Martin says companies that reinvent the work week will thrive and companies that don't will fail.

"Companies that reinvent the whole idea of work are going to thrive and the rest of them are going to die. So, if you wanna be a holdout and hang on to the old structure that's great, but at some point it will drive your company into the ground."

But again, it depends on what you do; Martin says this may be more difficult for retail where some stores are open 24 hours.

 
 

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