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Four-day work week gaining mainstream momentum in corporate Canada: poll

The poll also found nearly three-quarters of workers would put in four 10-hour days in exchange for an extra day off a week
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A man walks though a downtown Toronto office building with other buildings reflected in a window in this June 11, 2019 photo. New research suggests a four-day week may be gaining mainstream momentum in corporate Canada as workplaces continue to fine tune post-pandemic schedules and work conditions.

TORONTO — New research suggests a four-day week may be gaining mainstream momentum in corporate Canada as workplaces continue to fine tune post-pandemic schedules and working conditions.

A survey by recruitment firm Robert Half found 91 per cent of senior managers polled say they support a four-day work week for their team.

It found the majority of managers also anticipate their company will transition to a shorter working week within the next five years.

The poll also found nearly three-quarters of workers would put in four 10-hour days in exchange for an extra day off a week.

Mike Shekhtman, senior regional director with Robert Half, says a shorter work week could help with employee recruitment and retention.

He says giving workers the option to work a four-day week and the autonomy to create their own schedule could also boost morale and productivity.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 19, 2023.

The Canadian Press

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