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Alex Pang; Silicon Valley-based consultant.

The Benefits & Challenges of a 4 Day Work Week

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Is a 4-day work week right for your company?

The concept of a 4-day work week has been around since The Great Depression, however, it has yet to be implemented on a larger scale. Studies have shown there are benefits of a 4 day work week such as an increase in productivity and a decrease in some overhead costs. Making 32 hours a normal work week instead of 40 might be just what companies need to improve their employees’ well-being, turnover, and retention.

There are challenges with a 4 day work week. For example, what is good for one individual may not be good for an entire team. Alex Pang gives insight on how we may be able to creatively get around these challenges.

“You know, and there are places that will have half their workforce do Monday through Thursday and the other half do Tuesday through Friday because you know, you’re still in a five day world, right. Or, you know, you’ve got customer service that expects to be able to get a, you know, to get a response during regular business hours.” – Alex Pang

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang: Alex is a Silicon Valley-based consultant. Through his company Strategy + Rest, and his trilogy of books— SHORTER: Work Better, Smarter and Less— Here’s How (Public Affairs, 2020); REST: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less (Basic Books, 2016), and THE DISTRACTION ADDICTION (Little Brown, 2013)— Alex shows how companies and individuals can better integrate rest, creativity, and focus into digital-age lives and work. Before founding Strategy & Rest, Alex was a researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge, Oxford University, Stanford University, and UC Berkeley, and a senior consultant at Institute for the Future and Strategic Business Insights. Alex received a Ph.D. in history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania.

" The average knowledge worker loses two to three hours per day to overly long meetings to technology-driven distraction to the one quick question that turns into a 10-minute conversation and all of the stuff piled together makes it very difficult to stay on task two." - Alex

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