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Student Research Paper

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Fall 2023

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Have you ever sat down on a Sunday night wishing that your weekend did not fly by and was a bit longer? Do you sometimes wish you had more time to do the things you love outside of work? This is where the four-day workweek comes in. Over time, we have seen the standard United States workweek evolve from what was once a sixty-hour week, to a forty-hour week, and now we see that four-day, compressed workweeks are being implemented across not only the United States, but around the world. Increasing amounts of attention have been going towards work-life balance, job satisfaction, and employee productivity and in this paper, we will be looking at how the four-day workweek affects these variables and explore the reasons behind different findings. There have been many case studies and amounts of research conducted on these topics, but the result varies. Typically, the four-day workweek consists of four 10-hour days, but in some cases, it consists of four eight-hour days. Generally, pay will remain the same for employees who take on this schedule, which is an important factor. There are many reasons behind why a company would implement such a schedule, which include the desire to reduce costs of operating daily, reducing employee burnout, and increasing employee retention, in addition to the variables just discussed, work-life balance, productivity, and job satisfaction (Agovino, 2021). The four-day workweek is a very popular topic today and we will seek to understand the ways in which it affects employees.


Written for MGT 405: The Gig Economy.

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