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Four-day week gaining mainstream momentum in corporate Canada

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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.

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