Are four days really better than five? Future of Good asked five non-profits who've switched to a reduced work week

As employers shift focus to a post-pandemic workplace, interest in the four-day work week continues to grow

Why It Matters

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen people take on more responsibilities than ever before, but has also piqued interest in greater work-life balance. Finding ways to prevent burnout is crucial.

There was a time when workers only dreamed of a five-day work week — now, concerns over employee wellness as the world begins to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic are driving a global interest in a four-day work week.

Statistics Canada doesn’t track the number of organizations moving to reduced hours, but 2021 data shows the average full-time employee in this country still worked 39.5 hours per week. That, however, doesn’t mean employees are satisfied; a survey by ADP Canada, conducted with Maru Public Opinion, reveals many working Canadians took a chance on a new career opportunity in recent months.

The survey found 24 per cent of respondents were new to their current position, a rate of turn-over some have called The Great Resignation.

One potential solution to poor employee retention may be a shorter week. The not-for-profit community platform, 4 Day Wee

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