So, would you believe me if I told you that we didn’t always have weekends? In fact, weekends were actually invented in the 1930s. Henry Ford, that guy who founded the Ford Motor Company, gave his workers Saturdays and Sundays off from work. Eventually, the USA would officially adopt that five-day system.
Why do our weekends only have 2 days though? Why not 3 or 4? Well, some people had that same thought, and they tried longer weekends. After all, all our technological advancement can reduce the amount of work that we have to do. Some companies in these countries tried giving their workers longer weekends.
A firm in New Zealand conducted a trial where they reduced the number of working days to 4. Employee stress levels dropped, the staff had a better work-life balance and there was no negative effect on productivity. Ghana when?
In Sweden, when extended weekends were tried, the idea was eventually abandoned. IT didn’t work because the firm had to hire more employees to make up for the shorter workweeks.
One company switched back to the 40-hour workweek after a trial like this.
What do you think? Can we realistically make longer weekends work? I mean, I know I definitely could.