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Study: Majority Seeks 4-Day Work Week Few Jobs Offer

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By    |   Sunday, 10 February 2019 12:54 PM

The American dream might be evolving. Instead of owning a home with a picket fence, there is an increasing desire to work less.

As two-third of workers seek a four-day work week, just 17 percent of employers are offering it, according to a CNBC report, citing a study by Robert Half.

"Savvy employers are catching on to the fact that employees are increasingly demanding better work-life balance and the opportunity to get work done at non-traditional places and times," Randstad human resources officer Jim Link told CNBC. "The four-day workweek is a perfect example of that."

With the job market tightening under President Donald Trump's pro-growth, pro-business agenda, there are more unfilled jobs than unemployed workers while Americans are quitting their jobs at the highest rates in 18 years, according to the report.

"In the past few years, there's been a lot of employee interest in perks that offer greater control over where and when work is done, such as flexible schedules, compressed workweeks, and telecommuting options," Robert Half senior executive director Paul McDonald told CNBC.

"Besides salary, employees are considering factors such as perks, benefits, and incentives when deciding whether to join or stay with a company. And with competition for skilled talent remaining high, today's professionals have more options than ever in these areas."

The American work week will eventually evolve into four days on, three days off, according to billionaire Richard Branson, per the report.

"The idea of working five days a week with two day weekends and a few weeks of holiday each year has become ingrained in society – but it wasn't always the case, and it won't be in the future," Brandon said, per CNBC.

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The American dream might be evolving. Instead of owning a home with a picket fence, there is an increasing desire to work less. As two-third of workers seek a four-day work week, just 17 percent of employers are offering it, according to a CNBC report, citing a study by...
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