My Mummy's World : Could working a 4 day week work?

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Could working a 4 day week work?

How nice would it be to work a four-day week? Ever since returning to work in July, I've dreamed of ways I could still make the same money but working less. I miss spending my time with Jack now, although we both appreciate it more. 
Other countries such as Germany and Denmark are closer to achieving this dream, so do we think the UK could follow?
I'd love for this to happen, back in 1930 economist John Maynard Keynes predicted the average employee would work just 15 hours by 2030. It doesn't seem possible to half the current working week within the next 15 years. 
There are both pros and cons to a four day working week, Critix GoToMeeting have created a detailed infographic showed below highlighting these.
As the infographic shoes there would be a 60% increase in family time, this is something I would love, I currently get one day a week with Jack whilst he goes to his Dads the other, so I'd love to get more time to spend with him. There would also be health benefits such as lower stress levels, relating to blood pressure and mental health issues also giving an increased amount of time to sleep, helping cognition and stress. 
Of course, I'm sure many of us work the hours we do to get the pay we need, and of course, employers aren't going to give the money away for less hours. Therefore, working days may become longer, leading to other consequences such as childcare. 
Take a look at the infographic below and let me know in the comments your thoughts on the subject?




This post is in collaboration with GoToMeeting

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