Are four-day working weeks sustainable in the tech sector?
Workforce Planning and Management

Are four-day working weeks sustainable in the tech sector?

For most people, a long and tiresome week of work is just the norm. When it comes to winding down, relaxing and doing things with your loved ones, that's simply something reserved for evenings, weekends and holidays.

But in today's fast-paced and interconnected economy, new ways of working are always emerging. One in particular is a four-day week, which is quickly gaining traction across a range of industry verticals. According to Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane, it'll become standard by 2050 as technology continues to transform the way we work.

Research certainly demonstrates the benefits of four-day working weeks. In February, a trial by New Zealand-based financial services firm Perpetual Guardian found that it can increase productivity by more than 20% while also reducing stress, accelerating staff engagement, improving employee wellbeing and increasing profits.

Meanwhile, a recently published study by Ricoh Europe found that 57% of European workers believe technological advancements will bring about a four-day working week. The question is, what does this way-of-working look like in practice? And is it sustainable in the constantly evolving technology sector?

A looming revolution

Like many other businesses, mobile workforce technology company, BigChange, plans to enforce the four-day working week by 2021. The firm, which is headquartered in Leeds and employs 125 people, is investing in automation and machine learning technologies so that all employees only work 32 hours weekly.

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Nicholas Fearn

Nicholas is a technology journalist from the Welsh valleys. His work has been featured on Engadget, Lifehacker, Gizmodo, TechRadar, The Next Web, Forbes, Computer Weekly, Computing, Mail Online, The Telegraph and many other media outlets. In addition, he edits Tech Dragons, a publication covering STEM in Wales.

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