Technological progress must realize 4-day workweek for the 21st century, says labor expert

O & # 39; Grady & # 39; s comments add to the recent buzz about the feasibility of a shorter work week.

The serious entrepreneur Richard Branson said that technological progress means that workplaces can reconsider the traditional five-day workweek.

"Ideas such as cars without driver and drones become reality, and machines will be used more and more in the future, even pilotless aircraft will become reality in the not too distant future," wrote Branson in a blog post in January .

"At first glance this sounds like bad news for people, but if governments and businesses are smart, the advancement of technology can really be very positive for people around the world." It can help speed up the market to work much smarter. practices, "said Branson.

In particular, technology enables people to work wherever and whenever they want, says Branson, a practice where managers of the virgin are encouraged to embrace, according to his blog post. Technology can also increase the efficiency of work, Branson said, and that means people could work fewer hours.

"Many people out there are fond of three-day or even four-day weekends.There are many people who want to share a job and want to enjoy longer.Everyone would like to spend more time with their loved ones, more time to get fit and healthy, more time to explore the world, "says Branson. "By working more efficiently, there is no reason why people can not work less hours and are even – or even more – effective."

Similarly, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said that advances in artificial intelligence will lead to longer holidays. "More free time is not a terrible thing," Gates told FOX Business Network during the World Economic Forum in January.

And Perpetual Guardian, a 240-employee New Zealand company that manages trusts, wills and inheritances, recently received a two-month trial period in which employees worked four days a week on their regular five-day-per-week payment . It was considered a success: the stress level of the staff fell by 7 percent and 78 percent said they managed to manage the balance between work and private life, of only 54 percent for the process.

Moreover, the change created a good will. "Many employees see the reduced working hours as" a gift "and" a privilege no right ", and feel a deep sense of benevolence and reciprocity towards the organization, which manifests itself in an openness to "One step further to go & # 39; and think about" what I can do to give back & # 39; "says the resulting qualitative analysis from Dr. Helene Delaney from the University of Auckland Business School. "Many employees reported a willingness to be available for work purposes on their day off."

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