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posted by janrinok on Wednesday January 12, @08:17PM   Printer-friendly

Panasonic is introducing an optional four-day work week:

Panasonic is reportedly introducing an optional four-day work week for employees, allowing its workers to spend less time working and more time actually enjoying being alive. It's one more small push toward a better world where shorter working weeks are the norm.

Announced during an investor briefing on Friday, Panasonic will offer its workers a third day off per week, with Panasonic CEO Kusumi Yuki noting they may opt to further their studies, volunteer, or even work a side job. Last year, Japan's annual economic policy guidelines revealed the country would encourage employers to adopt four-day work weeks.

"We must support the wellbeing of our employees," said Kusumi, as reported by Nikkei Asia.

Hoping to facilitate better work-life balance in its workforce, the electronics manufacturer is also increasing flexibility by allowing more employees to work from home, and giving them the freedom to turn down job transfers that require them to move. It isn't clear whether these new policies will apply to all employees globally, nor whether hours or compensation will be adjusted to offset workers' reduced days.

Would you prefer a 4 day working week?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @09:48PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @09:48PM (#1212223)

    I did 4x10 on evening shifts once, from 2pm to 00:30am (or something like that, perhaps 1:30 - 12, half an hour lunch break). It worked there, because the evenings were used up anyway so staying the 2 hours more wasn't that bad and it was physical work. I think it was alternative weeks of day and evening shifts.

    Now i do a lot of office work and it's 5x7,5h. Couldn't do 5x8h at the office. I don't like sitting at the office for too long and it's been a year and a half of that, with couple small exceptions to a customer i don't like.

    4x7,5h with same pay would probably help a lot with me, but i am not doing 4x10 or 4x7,5h for less money. 4x8h with same pay might work, it'd be 5,5h reduction, but i wouldn't have to go in for 3 days.