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Should companies in Canada adopt the 4-day workweek model?

Should companies in Canada adopt the 4-day workweek model?
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Have you heard of the new 4-day workweek model? Companies (and especially employees) across the country are starting to suggest that working four days per week instead of the regular five could be more beneficial...

But is this change too drastic? Or is it, on the contrary, what employees need in order to work more effectively? 

The recruitment agency Robert Half Canada recently conducted a survey among employees across the country. Out of 1,449 managers that they surveyed, nearly half of them agreed to a 4-day workweek.

In order to be effective, this shorter workweek would have to be compressed, meaning employees would have to work ten hours per day as opposed to the regular eight. On the other hand, certain responders agreed to a 4-day workweek as long as the regular schedule of eight hours per day was maintained. 

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An extra day off during the week would mean a better work-life balance, according to experts.

In a different survey from the same agency, 70% percent of employees said they wouldn't mind working 10-hour days if it meant they had an additional day off each week.

Many companies in Toronto have already adopted this new work model with success. We can expect companies in Montreal to slowly do the same within the next five years or so.

Employees, would you agree? Do you think a 4-day workweek would be more effective? 

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