This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.
I have a suggestion for America’s employers that I think would make their employees happier and more productive: Offer them a four-day workweek.
Giving staffers one weekday off would be especially appealing to the biggest chunk of the American labor force — boomers.
Many of them could use the free day to take their parents to doctor’s appointments or handle other eldercare duties, spend time with their grandkids, learn new skills and transition into retirement. Four-day workweeks can also let them cut their commutes.
Yet just 36% of employers permit at least some employees to have four-day workweeks, says Ellen Galinsky, president and co-founder of the Families and Work Institute. Only 7% allow all or most staffers to do their jobs this way.
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