Japanese Companies Are Embracing 4-Day Workweek

Japanese companies made the world roar up with euphoria after sending signals of embracing a 4-day workweek for their employees! Many other companies in various parts of the world have put the plan on the anvil. However, these signals have ignited the fire of debate dragging in the pros and cons of the move in the ever-ready social media world.

Weekends are the most vibrant days of the week. Working people let their souls soak in the pool of euphoria even before the start of weekends. To the delight of the weekend lovers, the authorities are now looking to extend the weekend joy by adding one more day in their plans. Grabbing that strand, Japanese companies are working on the aspects of presenting a 4-day workweek to their employees.

Japanese workspace is famous for its work discipline. Workers have to put in their might to get well with the standards of the companies. However, the air of relaxation has begun to envelop these hectic work spots. Japanese companies are looking up at the proposal of declaring a 4-day workweek for their hard-working employees.

Well, it is not a future-prospect any more. Some companies have even brought the proposal into effect. As per a ministry survey of 2018, 6.9% of private companies in the country had embraced the plan before. One could grab this fact by looking at its figure for 2008 which was only 3.1%. Not just the companies but even the thoughtful Prime Minister Shinjo Abe has too hailed that proposal. He has hoped the idea to ebb the burden of the working class of his country.

To the delight of the working class, this trend is not flowing in Japan only. It has already become a reality in other parts of the world as well. For instance, Monograph in San Francisco has provided pearls of joy to its employees by declaring Wednesday as a holiday in addition to Saturday and Sunday.

Not just that, some companies had also put the plan on a trial basis to see its impact on the productivity of their employees. For instance, New Zealand firm- Perpetual Guardian put their employees under the purview of the investigation. Under it, they cut the working hours of the employee class by eight hours (i.e. from 40 to 32 hours) in a week. And the results were amazing. Thus, they ended up embracing it as a permanent norm of the company.

The trend has also taken on the streets with many schools in the United States exercising it.

But this issue is not free of controversies. The social media users are putting in their might to point out the bright and gloomy facets. One of them pointed out that a long weekend would give a spurt to the number of working hours one has to undertake in a day (from eight hours to ten hours). This would add to the work pressure and could take a toll on their health. Also, the chance of discrimination would rear its ugly head. Many people feel that souls working for four days could lose the chances of perks and promotions to the ones working for five days a week.

On the hand, the experts have brought better health and quality time spending with family aspects of the move.

Thus, the aspect needs a deeper contemplation by authorities and leaders. Hopefully, things would go in favor of the betterment of the employees.