People Explain How They Really Feel About A Four-Day Work Week
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Many people in the workforce have complained about being tired and overworked in their jobs.

Because there is no other alternative to getting that weekly paycheck, workers in many industries endure the stresses of the job.

But what if the companies these exhausted employees work for could hypothetically alleviate their work-related stresses and anxiety by reducing their work hours?

Could you be on board?


Curious to hear what strangers online would think about modifications to their work schedule, Redditor LanaDelCoochie asked:

"Do you believe in the 4 day work week? Why or why not?"

People mentioned how poor time management was more problematic.

Marking Time

"Some jobs are literally waiting for something to happen."

– Leeiteee

Working Efficiently

"I don’t mind working if I’m busy, but sitting somewhere staring at a clock waiting for the time when I’m ‘allowed’ to leave drives me crazy. If there’s nothing for me to do, let me go home. You’re just wasting my time and your money."

– uglyuglydog

Slow Shift

"I'm food service, my first store was so slow I only needed 2 people in the afternoon. I intentionally worked 11-2 then 5-11 just so I didn't have to twiddle my thumbs and clean already clean things for 3 hours each day."

– BlueNinjaTiger

Stress Of Killing Time

"My current job (the contract for which expires next Friday, but is up for negotiation tomorrow) is 15-20h WFH at my convenience. I wake up at 3am, log in, and work until everyone else in my house gets up- usually, 7. If I need to add some hours, I log in again while my toddler is at preschool."

"A few years ago, when I worked for this same company, I was tied to a desk in a poorly-renovated school building and very frequently had nothing to do. I cannot tell you how many books I read during my days at my desk in the summer with nothing to do. I browsed Reddit a fair amount, sure, but it was easier to leave a Kindle window open just a sliver next to an Excel spreadsheet to look busy. I re-read a few of my favorites; I read many new things."

"But it was so maddeningly frustrating to be stuck inside at work with literally nothing to do, waiting for anything to come to my inbox!!"

– WomanOfEld

People discuss the pros and cons of working remotely.

Benefits Of Working From Home

'If there’s nothing for me to do, let me go home.'

"Which is one of the reasons I've liked working from home since Covid started. If things are slow and I don't have anything to do, I can relax for a bit and wait for stuff to pick up."

– Surax

Being Productive While At Home

"100%. I'm newish at my current job, so I try to be in the office as much as I can. But if it's a slow week and I already foresee my Thursday/Friday being slow- I'm staying home. I'm still doing what I have to do, but I can simultaneously do other things like read or watch something without feeling guilty, do some laundry, hang with my dog, etc. After my first full year I will most likely be normalizing this to be my Friday each week at the very least."

"On the other side of the spectrum, my last job was fully remote and I was a little too bored and also didn't push to do anything beyond my basic responsibilities, so that was very unhealthy. It's good to be at least moderately productive and accept a new challenge every now and again. I basically did nothing for 2 straight years."

– daveblu92

It's A Preference

"I totally get why people love it, but I am so unproductive at home it‘s crazy. Tried nearly every trick in the book, but when it comes down to it just going to somewhere else for work does the trick for me."

"I think working from home is a nice tool, but it certainly isn‘t a solution for everyone. And even working from home a 4 day week makes a big difference."

– Ulldra

Not For Everybody

"For me, I am discovering the reason for my unproductivity is lack of interest in the work. Like, if I go into the office then I feel I have to make it worth it by getting the work done. If I am working from home though... I feel so unproductive because I just don't care. Like I could get the work done easier while nobody is interrupting but instead I interrupt myself."

"I've got one more week in the current job then I start a new one where I actually feel interested in what I will be doing there. Who knows how long that will last for but it just feels more like something I'd like to think about than twiddling my thumbs."

"Not the case for everybody but something to consider."

– Libriomancer

The limited work schedule seemed to please a good majority of people.

The Popular Opinion

"You might be surprised. I work with a lot of folks who still do the five-day work week, but all of them have been incredibly respectful and accommodating of our 4-day week. They ask me to schedule a meeting or call on a Friday, I reply with 'I don't work on Fridays, what other options work for you?' and they invariably give me other options without batting an eye. And frequently say 'I wish we were on a 4-day week, too.'"

Mehitabel9

The Thing About Fridays

"It’s because even people who 'work on friday' don’t really work on Friday. Especially if your office has a WFH policy, 90% of the company will be from home on a Friday. And 95% of that group is signing off at 1pm, and breezing through their morning/just shaking their mouse. Just watch peoples skype statuses on Fridays lol."

"And even before Covid when I had to go into the office on Friday, it was well recognized that Fridays were for chilling. You don’t schedule a 3pm friday meeting."

– Count_Rostov_

Worker Burnout

"Yes worker burn out is real."

"So much work in offices is just created to fill time, make things more efficient, pay people the same, get the same amount done with happier workers."

– lemons_of_doubt

Opinions varied across the board since different jobs come with specific demands.

But the overall complaint had to do with the mismanaging of time, with many arguing if there was no further work to be done at an office, employees should be sent home.

Conversely, even a handful of those who worked remotely had the itch to be in a less distracting environment.

Personally, I'd rather be working from home than inside a cubicle at a job location–even though the latter may be more conducive to work efficiency.

What are your thoughts?

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