Every Company Doing A 4-Day Work Week: Jul 28, 2021 UPDATE

Why do we work five days and 40 hours per week? Is it the exact right amount of time for every full-time employee in all jobs across every industry?

No. That’s not the reason why we all work five days per week.

During the Industrial Revolution, factory workers often worked 80-100 hours per week. Employees were worked to the bone.

But in 1926, “Henry Ford popularized the 40-hour work week after he discovered through his research that working more yielded only a small increase in productivity that lasted a short period of time,” according to Culture Amp. Ford Motor Company employees started to work five, eight-hour days without a decrease in pay.

It was a breakthrough in how we work. But it was also nearly one hundred years ago

The Henry Fords of today (well maybe not as famous but just as forward-thinking) have started to question the five-day work week. 

Here are all of the companies that have made announcements that they’ll implement a four-day work week as a trial or permanently. I’ll update the list every time a notable announcement comes out. 

Every 4-Day Work Week Company Announcement

Company

Policy

Story

Quote

Basecamp

Seasonal
32 Hours

United States:

"As I write this it’s the first week of May, and there’s an energetic buzz in the air — because it means that Summer Hours are about to start here at Basecamp. 

During summer, we work 4-day work weeks, aka 'summer hours'. Summer hours are in effect from May 1 through August 31 each year."

Think Productive

Permanent
40 Hours

United Kingdom:


"Since November 2011, our UK team have worked to a 4 Day Week (4DW). At that time, we were one of only a handful of companies in the world to consciously ditch the 5-day work week in favour of a permanent 3-day weekend."

Iceland (Country)

Trial
36 Hours


"The trials were conducted between 2015 and 2019, initiated by the Reykjavik City Council and the Icelandic national government.

The trials ultimately involved 2,500 workers, more than 1 percent of the nation’s working population, who moved from working 40 hours a week to a 35- or 36-hour week, without a reduction in pay."

Administrate

Permanent
32 Hours

Scotland:

"We found productivity to be unchanged - if not slightly improved - after implementing the four day work week," Peebles said. "Our goal is to build a company that brings success to our customers, team, and investors, and we believe that sustainable work habits are a key piece of that, hence the desire to make sure that our team has balance between work and the rest of their life. We still work incredibly hard - and smart - but only for 32 hours!"

Monograph

Permanent
32 Hours


United States:

"While far from common, our San Francisco-based software company, Monograph, has been practicing the four-day workweek since our founding. We’ve seen from firsthand experience how it ultimately continues to be a net positive gain for our business over time."

Maaemo

Permanent
Three-Day Week
45 Hours

Norway:

After implementing a four-day work week and seeing success, the restaurant owner "...did something even crazier. So noticeable an impact did the reduction have, that Bang decided to take it further: He cut his staff's schedule to three days. Everyone—back- and front-of-house—would still be putting in about 45 hours a week, but they would always have four days off in a row. And once a month, they'd get five days off in succession, so they'd have time to go visit far-flung family, or travel just for fun.

Wildbit

Permanent
32 Hours

United States:

Natalie Nagele, Co-Founder and CEO, said in a company blog post, "Starting next week, we’re going to give it a shot. The entire team will work only 4 days a week. We will not be tacking on an extra hour to the other 4 days. We will just be working 32 hours. We’ve time-boxed this experiment to the summer, but we hope we can extend it, so long as there are no significant impacts or consequences."

(This started as a summer experiment and has become permanent since.)

Radioactive PR

Permanent
32 Hours

United Kingdom:

In a company blog post, founder Rich Leigh wrote these bullets:
- Staff will be paid the same salary - Post-trial, if it’s something we implement full-time, annual leave would be contractually reduced by 20% to 20 days (staff currently get 25 days, plus bank holidays, plus their birthday off)
- On bank holiday weeks, we will still work four-day weeks (there are eight bank holidays in a year)
- Lunch hours will be reduced to 45 minutes.

Perpetual Guardian

Permanent

32 Hours

New Zealand:

"The New Zealand company behind a landmark trial of a four-day working week has declared it a success and will be adopting the new schedule full time," Eleanor Ainge Roy wrote for The Guardian.

ICE Group

Permanent
36 Hours

Ireland:

"Everyone moved to the four-day week without any loss of pay. Our days have become slightly longer than they would have been, but overall our working week actually reduced."

MRL Consulting Group

Permanent
32 Hours

United Kingdom:

"MRL will be trialling a 4 day working week as of 13th May 2019.  Our offices will be closed on Fridays.  The trial will run for 6 months and, if successful, will become permanent after this time.  There shall be no alteration to compensation or benefits for any employee of MRL."

Microsoft Japan

Trial
32 Hours

Japan: 

"Workers at Microsoft Japan enjoyed an enviable perk this summer: working four days a week, enjoying a three-day weekend — and getting their normal, five-day paycheck. The result, the company says, was a productivity boost of 40%," said Bill Chappell in an NPR article.

Software DELSOL

Permanent
32 Hours

Spain: 

"Software Delsol is the first company in Spain to introduce the 4-day work week for its 181 employees – without any loss of income. The company in Jaén, a city in southern Spain, is now considered a blueprint for a nationwide model of the 4-day work week in Spain."

Nectafy

Permanent
32 Hours

February 1, 2020

United States:

"Nectafy started with half-day Fridays and a 36-hour work week. In early 2020, Nectafy decided to lop off Fridays to give permanent three-day weekends. After more than a year on a four-day work week, productivity and profitability are similar, and all employees have stayed with the company and noted positive impacts on their lives."

Shake Shack

Trial
32 Hours

United States:

"Many employers aren't just moving to 10-hour shifts, four days a week, as companies like Shake Shack are doing; they're going to a 32-hour week — without cutting pay. In exchange, employers are asking their workers to get their jobs done in a compressed amount of time," Yuki Noguchi said for NPR.

3D Issue

Permanent
32 Hours

Ireland:

"CEO – Paul McNulty – recently made a bold move, offering the entire 3D Issue team the option of a 20% pay rise or a four-day working week. Everybody opted for the shorter week rather than an increase in pay, so the switch will be made to the new arrangement from the start of April."

Target Publishing

Permanent
32 Hours

United Kingdom:

“Lockdown highlighted the importance of time with family. That’s why we’ve started a new four-day working week – without any reduction in pay – to help support our employees mental health, well-being and give them a healthier work-life balance.”

Buffer

Permanent
32 Hours

United States:

"As April comes to a close, and we look ahead to another month where our global team is living in various forms of lockdown and isolation, I decided that for the month of May, Buffer will operate under a 4-day workweek (at full pay) across the whole 89-person team."

(Buffer finished the one-month trial, then a six-month trial, then made the policy permanent.)

Toshiba

Trial
40 Hours

Japan:

"Technology group Toshiba will begin a four-day workweek in June for employees on the plant floor, giving them one more day in exchange for longer hours while on site, maintaining the annual work hours."

Uncharted

Seasonal 
32 Hours

"This summer, we’re launching an experiment to try out a 4-day workweek. Everyone’s salary is staying the same, but our team will work 32 hours every week between June 1st and August 28th (This is not four 10-hour days. This is four eight-hour days.)."

Shopify

Seasonal
32 Hours

Canada:

In a tweet by Carl Rivera, VP of Product, said, "Today Shopify announced Fridays off for R&R through August. A response to lower rates of vacation being scheduled, despite the increased mental pressure from the changing times that we’re in. And, we also have no meeting Wednesdays (since before it was cool)."

City Of Morgantown, WV (City)

Trial
40 Hours

For the next year a large majority of workers employed by the City of Morgantown will be working four days a week. 
The work week is Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., according to interim Morgantown City Manager Emily Muzzarelli.

'Employees will work their 40 hours in four days or four 10-hour days,' she said."

Bunny Studios

Trial

"Bunny Studio is making a move to determine if a four-day workweek is a feasible option to assist our full-time team members while keeping up the high-quality services that our clients expect."

Volt Athletics

Permanent

"As of six weeks ago, Volt switched to a compressed four-day work week and we’re not going back. Friday was declared a flex day, meaning that employees could use that day however they wished. Our team could use Friday to relax, go for a hike, hang out with friends and family, work on projects, catch up on emails, or even write Medium posts like this one!"

Morrisons

Permanent
40 Hours

United Kingdom:

"Morrisons is reportedly set to shake-up its head office working practices by introducing four day weeks – although staff will still be required to work one Saturday a month.


The changes include a reduction of weekly hours from 40 to 37.5 – working nine instead of eight hours a day over four days, plus a six-hour day one Saturday per month."

Elephant Ventures

Permanent
40 Hours

United States:

"The software and data engineering company is testing out a compressed four-day workweek starting this week. Employees will have 10-hour days, Monday through Thursday," Kathryn Vasel wrote for CNN Business.

Unito

Permanent
Optional

Canada:

"In the end, a four-day week has a positive impact on employee happiness and retention that outweighs our concerns about production.

So, we opened up optional four-day weeks to employees. Anyone working four days is doing so at 80% of their salary and benefits, while retaining full health coverage. We didn’t want our employees to choose between health care and a healthier work-life balance."

Mizuho Financial Group

Permanent

Optional 

Japan:

"Mizuho, Japan’s third-largest lender by assets, will give about 45,000 employees the option to work three or four days a week, the spokeswoman said. It aims to make the option available from December after holding talks with its labour union," wrote the Reuters staff. 

Piktochart

Permanent

"We believe that by prioritizing our people, we will be able to build better products and a successful, sustainable business for the long run.

The 4 day work week is something that we see can help us to achieve our goals."

Unilever New Zealand

Trial

32 Hours

New Zealand:

"Unilever said all 81 staff members at its offices across New Zealand would be able to participate in the trial, starting next week and running for 12 months until December next year. The employees would be paid for five days while working just four," - The Guardian.

Awin

Permanent
32 Hours

United States:

"After a successful 6 month 4 ½ day work week pilot, offering increased flexibility and autonomy for its staff during the pandemic, global affiliate network has announced that from early 2021 its entire workforce will move to a 4-day work week with no reduction in salaries," Aithority wrote.

Boulder County, CO (County)

Trial

"Six Boulder County offices and departments will begin shifting to a four-day work week beginning in 2021.

The move is part of the county's four-day work week pilot program that will analyze the productivity, public satisfaction and cost savings after the four-month trial concludes in April 2021."

YWCA Scotland

Permanent
32 Hours

"Our own Status of Young Women in Scotland 2020-2021 report revealed that 16-30 year-old women across the country recognise the importance of a healthier work-life balance, and the specific need for flexible working patterns to ensure a more accessible labour market for women at all stages of their careers. Following our own SYWS20-21 advice, as of this month (July 2021) we are transitioning our working pattern to a 4-day week across the organisation."

Spain (Country)

Trial
32 Hours

Spain:

"When the progressive party Más País launched in 2019, it included the 4-day work week as part of its platform, and went on to propose the trial that won the Spanish government’s approval in January. Although the specifics remain undecided, the pilot, which is expected to launch in September and last three years, will use 50 million euros in European Union funding to compensate an estimated 200 companies for reducing their employees’ work week to 32 hours—without cutting their salaries."

Kickstarter

Unknown

United States:

"Kickstarter plans next year to test a four-day work week with some or all of its employees, though details of that remain to be figured out, including whether all workers will have the same schedule," wrote Ina Fried for Axios.

Arken.legal

Permanent
32 Hours

"As highlighted above, employees feel a 4-day work week allows them to perfectly balance work and life. Thanks to the extra day off, people can better manage their time and approach work with more energy and enthusiasm."

 

Our Definitions For 4-Day Work Week Policies

In the table, you’ll see a few different classifications in the “policy” column. Some companies are trialing a four-day work week, while others have made it permanent. Some work 40 hours over four days, while others work 32 hours. 

Here’s how we define the four-day work week policies you see in that column:

  1. Permanent: The company has four work days each week indefinitely. 
  2. Trial: The company is experimenting with a four-day week over a fixed time period. 
  3. Seasonal: The company works four days per week for portions of the year (like summer) rather than the full year.
  4. Optional: Employees have the choice to work four days per week but it comes with pro-rated (lower) pay. 
  5. 32, 36, 40, 45 Hours: Full-time employees of the company work these amount of hours each week spread over the four working days.
  6. Three-Day Week: The company only has three working days (rather than four).
  7. Unknown: The company has announced their plans for a four-day work week in the future, but hasn’t yet defined a policy. 

In the table, you’ll see each company has at least two of the policy traits to best explain their situation. For example, one company might be “Permanent, 32 Hours” whereas another would be “Trial, 40 Hours.”

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