A California congressman introduced legislation in 2021 to reduce the standard workweek from 40 hours to 32, which is not a new idea and dates back to at least 1956. Research shows that many employees are interested in working fewer days per week, but there are concerns about needing to work longer hours to complete tasks. Cramming more hours into fewer workdays can lead to employee burnout.
The history of work time reduction in the United States is explored, with examples of past labor laws. Initiatives for four-day workweeks have been tested worldwide, and some interesting results include employees sleeping more and experiencing better well-being.
While four-day workweeks are currently the exception, the text suggests that rules and policies have the potential to change in the future.