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Four-day week: how workplaces can successfully establish it

By Rita Fontinha, Associate Professor of International Business and Strategy, Henley Business School, University of Reading
James Walker, Professor and Head of International Business and Strategy, University of Reading
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Many workplaces have been experimenting with different types of flexible working arrangements for years now, but the pandemic has made the need for flexibility far more pressing.

This has led to the intensification of many campaigns around flexible working, among them a call for a four-day week. The four-day week has been used in the past as a way to reduce unemployment, for example, during the Great Depression of the 1930s, but the idea has been gaining more relevance in recent years and is becoming a global…


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