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Working for the (three-day) weekend: As more companies experiment with four-day work weeks, could we ever see them in the US?




Recruiter Matt Stone calls job-seekers from his desk at the Hollywood office of Proven Recruiting, May 1, 2018.
Recruiter Matt Stone calls job-seekers from his desk at the Hollywood office of Proven Recruiting, May 1, 2018.
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Could a four day work week ever take off here in the United States?

Studies of workers in other countries where four days weeks have been implemented on trial or permanent bases show promising results, but in a workaholic culture where how hard one works is often measured by the number of hours we put in at the office each week, is the idea of a three day weekend plausible?

We check in on the state of the American work week, look at the success or failure of four day work week trials in other countries, and explore the idea as it would apply to the American workforce, including which industries and job fields might be more conducive to a shortened week.

Guest:

Alec Levenson, senior research scientist with the Center for Effective Organizations at the Marshall School of Business at USC; he tweets @alec_levenson