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Want a 4-day workweek? 30% of companies are considering it

A new report shows nearly a third of CEOs are exploring schedule changes to reduce burnout and improve employee well-being.
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Posted at 4:16 PM, Apr 15, 2024

A new report from KPMG, a professional services organization, indicates that CEOs are exploring ways to keep their employees from experiencing burnout. In fact, a full 30% say they are considering schedule shifts, such as shortening the workweek from five days to four or 4 1/2 days.

The 2024 KPMG CEO Outlook Pulse Survey analyzed insights from more than 100 company executives on the challenges and opportunities their businesses currently face. These include subjects such as the use of AI, new governmental regulations designed to mitigate climate change, tax policy changes, supply chain issues, tight labor markets and more.

When it comes to retaining talent and creating a thriving company culture, 74% of CEOs said they were working on initiatives designed to improve their workers' mental health. A majority of those surveyed noted that they are considering generative AI solutions along with trainings and the strengthening of personal relationships with co-workers, while almost a third are open to the idea of organization-wide schedule changes, such as four-day workweeks.

"We are all working to figure out what is optimal, and we will continue to experiment and pivot," Paul Knopp, chair and CEO of KPMG US, told CNN.

This may be welcome news to a majority of Americans. In a Gallup/Bentley University poll from late last year that surveyed 3,200 workers, a full 77% said they believed a four-day 40-hour workweek would benefit their well-being.

Do 4-day workweeks work? Companies share their impact 1 year later
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Do 4-day workweeks work? Companies share their impact 1 year later

Dozens of companies who adopted a four-day workweek in 2022 share how it has affected the business and their employees one year later.


Some studies and early adopters have indicated positive results from moving to this model; a recent trial of 2,900 workers found that the four-day workweek increased job satisfaction, reduced employee stress, improved work-life balance, and showed an uptick in product quality and customer service. In fact, 92% of the 61 U.K. companies in the study decided to continue with the four-day workweek experiment even after it ended.

The movement has recently gained more steam in the U.S. as Vermont Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders last month introduced legislation to move nationally to a four-day workweek. His version is a touch more radical, as it wants to reduce the workweek to 32 hours.

"It is time to reduce the stress level in our country and allow Americans to enjoy a better quality of life," Sanders said in a statement. "It is time for a 32-hour workweek with no loss in pay."

However, Gallup experts and others caution that, based on the results of previous studies, four-day workweeks don't work for everyone in every situation. For example, while finance workers may benefit, health care workers and trade workers may not. 

The four-day workweek remains an experiment for many. Still, some say we could see the reduced workweek become normalized within five to 10 years.

As for the companies that might resist the four-day model? Well, some CEOs are becoming more bullish on hybrid attendance, too. In 2023, 34% of them agreed that hybrid workplaces were the way to go; in 2024, that number is up to 46%. Hopefully, this all means that job culture will become more worker-friendly in the near future.

This story was originally published by Helen Lee at