The crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has announced that its employees will work four days a week starting in 2022, and the pandemic is reshaping workplaces across the country. “Is a Four-Day Week the Future of Work?” a headline in this newspaper recently asked.
Let’s hope not. Despite the hype, four-day workweeks have drawbacks if they mean longer workdays. Companies may say that working hours won’t increase, but reality can be different from what is outlined in a corporate handbook. This is a particular problem for families with young children.