A lawmaker in Pennsylvania has proposed a bill that could see certain businesses employing a 4-day work week for employees, but here’s the catch: they’ll receive exactly the same pay as before!
Transforming the Working Week
A groundbreaking proposal could transform the working week in Pennsylvania using a method that has been tried and tested in Europe already.
A Pennsylvania lawmaker has proposed a bill that would see a new era of shorter workweeks without any less pay.
Democratic Representative G. Roni Green, a notable figure in Philadelphia County, is stepping up with a bold plan that could reshape how Pennsylvanians work.
A Four Day Week
Green’s proposed legislation aims to cut down the five-day, 40-hour workweek to four days and 32 hours, all without touching employees’ salaries.
The bill zeroes in on companies with over 500 workers seeking to modernize work practices to reduce stress and increase productivity in the workplace.
The well-established 40-hour workweek, originating in 1938, no longer aligns with today’s fast-paced world, and European countries have already shown the effectiveness of the four-day module.
Alleviating Stress and Burnout
Green argues that transformative technological advances have reshaped work, allowing us to achieve more in less time.
“Times have changed since 1938,” Green notes. She advocates for schedules that honor personal lives and responsibilities.
A study by ‘4 Day Week Global’ highlighted how a shorter workweek alleviates stress and burnout while maintaining productivity.
“Rested, Happy and Healthy Workers”
“A four-day workweek would provide hardworking individuals with more time for rest, family obligations, and focus on both physical and mental health,” Green argued.
The idea of a four-day workweek isn’t confined to Pennsylvania, with companies across the globe already promoting the idea.
Forty-one companies in the United States and Canada have also tested the idea, with employees claiming that they experienced less stress after the six-month trial.
“Rested, happy and healthy workers in turn can better focus on work and accomplish more in a workday,” Green finished.
Do you think this is what’s best for employees? Let us know in the comments if you think the idea will catch on in America.
Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock / PeopleImages.com – Yuri A