2 Benefits and Challenges Companies Face With the 4-Day Work Week

Tomasz Dobrowolski
2 min readJan 24, 2022
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Is the 4-day work week the right move for companies?

Here are some benefits and challenges that each company will need to consider:


📈 Higher productivity in work hours

In 2019, Microsoft trialed a 4-day work week in Japan and reported increased productivity by 40%.

While the working hours in Japan can be extreme, as a country known for working 80 hours a week. A trial in New Zealand saw an increase in productivity by 20%. The reports stated that overworked employees are tired and easily distracted.

Reducing work hours leads to higher output and happiness.

👩‍💼 Engagement improves, which helps companies succeed

Employees who are happy at their workplace are more engaged.

Engagement relies on the employees’ internal motivations aligning with the companies. An engaged employee is more likely to be motivated for the company to succeed.

An engaged employee is a motivated employee.


🕛 Not suitable for every work environment



Tomasz Dobrowolski

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