Is a 4-day workweek the key to employee engagement?

Flexible work schedules and telecommuting are proving effective—if not essential—for recruiting and retention. You might consider condensing the week to four 10-hour workdays.

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“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” the saying goes.

With 78 percent of American men and 67 percent of American women working more than 40 hours per week, achieving a healthy work/life balance seems more like a distant dream than a reality. A healthier, more productive life may lie in a shorter workweek. The four-day workweek has been a fantasy for many since labor union leader Walter Reuther introduced it in the 1950s.

Although a four-day workweek might seem counterintuitive to companies looking to bolster productivity and increase revenue, it has proven a boon for a few brave companies.

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