Four-Day Week

Reader's Digest (India) - - Re­act -

The idea of work­ing for four days with three days off ev­ery week [In My Opin­ion, Au­gust] is su­perb. But in­stead of three off days in a row, one off day can be placed mid­week, on Wed­nes­day, to ease the work­load and re­main re­freshed.

Ashimjy­oti Kalita, via e-mail

As a se­nior man­ager in gov­ern­ment, I pro­pose that gov­ern­ment of­fices work two shifts, 8am to noon, and— with­out much bur­den on the econ­omy of the of­fice—hire con­trac­tual sup­port staff and re­tired of­fi­cers, who are eas­ily avail­able, for the sec­ond shift. This way, I ex­pect work out­put to in­crease at least 50 to 75 per­cent.

S. G. Gau­tam, Nag­pur

For­get four-day weeks, a five-day week will def­i­nitely be a boon for peo­ple like me who work on Satur­days too. I’ll get time to pay bills, catch up with friends in per­son

rather than online, give more at­ten­tion to fam­ily and pur­sue some hob­bies and go on weekend drives.

Claudius V., via e-mail

I once re­quested my su­per­vi­sor to let me leave at 6:15pm, 15 min­utes early, since I had some­thing ur­gent to do. Al­though my work was on track he told me to leave only at 6:30. And for those 15 min­utes I just killed time, when it could have served a good pur­pose in­stead. Cor­po­rates are mov­ing to a school­like deco­rum.

Nayyer Khan, Lucknow

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