4-DAY WORKWEEK: from radical to routine in 2024
Early January, Gartner published their 9 Future of Work Trends for 2024. Among those, there was one prediction in particular that caught my eye. Let me elaborate :-) According to their own research, Gartner found that 63% of candidates rated ‘four-day workweek’ as the top future of work offering that would attract them to a job. Add to this the fact that 71% of millennial workers say that the Covid era made them ‘rethink the place that work should have in their lives’ and, also add to this the fact that organizations are evaluating whether a shift toward a condensed workweek will meet growing employee expectations and help them attract and retain employees and all of a sudden, the 4-day workweek doesn’t seem to be that all that unlikely anymore. Or does it? A perhaps more unpopular opinion coming from a 2023 Forbes article states that a 4 day workweek isn’t a miracle solution giving 3 reasons: 1. It doesn’t address the core issue of how we work, just how many days we do it. 2. It still measures work by time. 3. High achievers will ignore it, and low achievers will take advantage of it. All of this brings us to the following statement: In 2024, four-day workweeks go from radical to routine.