4 Day Work Week in UK

Right now, Four-day workweeks are shaping up to be a successful experiment in the UK. Over 80% of companies testing a four-day work week in the U.K. said the new schedule led to better or unchanged productivity. From what I have read it seems like 70 companies have taken part in this experiment. Lots of people seeing the results of this survey as an encouraging step towards better work-life balance.


Anyone in the UK know anyone taking part of this?


Is it possible to switch to a 4 day work week in the US/Canada? Is it possible to do it in sales?


I would love a 4 day work week and with all these automations in the sales process, I think it can be done

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CuriousFox
WR Officer
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Senior Account Executive
I'd love to see this done. I'm sick of living life by 1950s rules.
jefe
Arsonist
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Head of Sales
I feel like it's tough in sales... too many of us are at the whims of our prospects' schedules.
Kosta_Konfucius
Politicker
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Sales Rep
Very true, but if all over clients are 4 day weeks that wouldnt want to meet Friday either. And I would say there is a lot of admin stuff that will be eventually automated
jefe
Arsonist
4
Head of Sales
We can hope. Itโ€™ll be tough to reach that tipping point. I wonder if companies will have different 4 day weeks for different staff to ensure coverage as not every company has embraced the 4-day week.
Filth
Politicker
4
Live Filthy or Die Clean
We'll still be slaves to our phones/laptops but I can plan some more family or unwind time.
SaasSlingin
Politicker
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Sr AE
Agreed. Then we have outbound teams battling for 20% less of our buyers time.
antiASKHOLE
Arsonist
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Account Executive
I honestly don't see this working in the US just due to culture and the instant gratification or hustle culture mindsets that have taken a deep rooted hold.
Kosta_Konfucius
Politicker
2
Sales Rep
But also the strong push the last couple of years on mental health and the workforce calling for Work/Life Balance.

Its going to be interesting to see what wins the next decade
antiASKHOLE
Arsonist
4
Account Executive
I can see that side of the argument as well, I'm all for a 4 day work week.
Pachacuti
Politicker
3
They call me Daddy, Sales Daddy
I worked for a company which had a 9/80 schedule - every other Friday off. However I ended up working most of those Fridays since it was the best day to reach my clients.

If EVERYONE had a 4 day work week with the same day off, great. But it usually doesn't work that way.
Kosta_Konfucius
Politicker
0
Sales Rep
True, but it would be interesting to see if companies will make the switch. Maybe not sales but other parts of the business
Filth
Politicker
2
Live Filthy or Die Clean
I think you'll see very little objections to this from salaried employee but the opponents will be hourly workers and owners/executives. I'm all for it, but you'd have to show more than productivity increases in 70 companies to have a reliable case study to see any sweeping changes in the US. You'd need to show an increase in profit, decrease of employee movement, increases in favorable hires, and in depth industry specific data (in my opinion).

Again, all for the 4 day - 3 day weekends recharge my batteries for work the best for productivity the following 4 days, though not the ones leading up to it, which could be a whole other issue lol.
Kosta_Konfucius
Politicker
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Sales Rep
100% agree with hourly employees since I would assume there would not be a blanket raise for each employee so they make the same.

However with owners I would assume with increase productivity there would be increase profit and at least the early adopters would have a decrease of employee movement and increases in favorable hires
DungeonsNDemos
Big Shot
1
Rolling 20's all day
This would be fucking awesome. I wish my company would institute a 4 day work week. Slim chance
ADK
Contributor
1
VC Associate
I'm quite connected to UK, used to work in London. None of my contacts participated but I think it's quite encouraging. Spain has something similar being tested afaik.

For sales, it could be a bit challenging than other BUs. I could see employers immediately coming up with a worse-off comp-plan
Mobi85
Politicker
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Regional Sales Manager
Would love a 4 day work week and I think it will occur but only after there has been adoption within the industries that we work in and our clients/prospects are going to a 4 day week then our companies will go to a 4 day week.
Kosta_Konfucius
Politicker
0
Sales Rep
We would be one of the last ones to switch for sure!
warroom
Opinionated
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Account Executive
My company has a 4 day work week and it's been great to have that extra day to recharge mentally - especially when sales is already so draining.

I propose Monday-Thursday times to the prospects and 9.9 times out of 10 it's all good. On one of those days where nothing works out and I have to take a call on Friday, no big deal. Only 30 minutes to 1 hour anyways.

Also to clarify, my company and myself are based out of CA.
Kosta_Konfucius
Politicker
0
Sales Rep
Yeah thats what I assumed would happen, I feel like fridays a big update the crm day for most sales peeps
SalesPharaoh
Big Shot
1
AM BDR
It's being successfully recieved in the UAE
fresh
Valued Contributor
1
Sales
There's a Canadian municipality or town that tested this out and I believe it worked well. I know of other companies that tried/are trying it out. Have yet to read anything negative about it. Seems like it would be easy to do- some teams get Fri off, others get Mon off so there's overlap.
Kosta_Konfucius
Politicker
1
Sales Rep
Yeah thats the funny thing once you start I only read it was a positive thing to do
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