Whether the Solothurn IT company Seerow, Iceland or Spain - the 4-day week (4DWW) is all over the news. Instead of five days, only work four and this while maintaining the same wage. Practically a 20% wage increase, paid in time instead of money. Can this work? There are a lot of half-truths about this and even more beliefs. Here are a few facts about the 4DWW that you should know.
In short: Yes, it can work. In long: companies from a variety of industries such as production (e.g. Toyota), IT (e.g. Microsoft Japan, Rheingans) and accounting (e.g. Perpetual Guardian), among others, have successfully proven this. The spectrum ranges from small (e.g. Rheingans) to medium-sized (e.g. Perpetual Guardian) to large companies (e.g. Microsoft Japan).
A few companies, such as Swedish bioprinting manufacturer Cellink have failed to successfully implement the 4DWW. Whether the implementation fails or not, however, is not subject to chance.