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The five-day workweek is outdated.

In the U.S., the five-day workweek is nearly 100 years old. Henry Ford was an early adopter when, after decades of pressure to dignify laborers’ working conditions, he implemented a two-day weekend in his factories in 1926. It was mandated by the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.



As of 2020, white collar workers in the U.S. spent just 45% of their work hours on their primary job duties. With a 40-hour workweek, that works out to only 18 maximally productive hours.

When asked what gets in the way of work, workers’ top response was wasteful meetings, followed by excessive emails.

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The average knowledge worker performs the essential functions of their job in significantly less than 40 hours a week, so for many employees, a 40-hour workweek is an anachronism based on century-old standards. The professional workplace of today bears little resemblance to the workplace of the 1930s, so it’s time for the workweek to evolve too.

Four-day workweeks make for happier, healthier, more invested employees.

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