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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: 5, Insightful) by darkfeline on Thursday January 13, @01:15AM (1 child)

    by darkfeline (1030) on Thursday January 13, @01:15AM (#1212268) Homepage

    You're not getting 8 hours of work done in a day, let alone 10.

    For physical labor, you might be able to do it if the work is light and with sufficient breaks (e.g., putting screws in on a factory line). I'm talking about a sustainable work schedule of course, you can do 24 hour days of physical labor and die early.

    For thinking work, forget about it. You're going to average 3-4 hours a day (6 if you're in the 1%) and the rest will be spent either in meetings or staring at a screen not getting any real work done.

    Mental energy is the limiting factor, not time.

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by khallow on Thursday January 13, @04:39AM

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Thursday January 13, @04:39AM (#1212327) Journal

    You're not getting 8 hours of work done in a day, let alone 10.

    Being there work is another example. That's a big part of my job at the end of the shift.