The experts of the Rabota.ru job search service conducted a study and found out how Russian companies assess the idea of reducing the working week to 4 days. The results of the study showed that 42 per cent of the respondents take this idea negatively, 20 per cent assess it neutrally, and another 38 per cent find it positively.
It is noted that 6 per cent of respondents in their companies will consider the possibility of switching to a 4-day working week in the near future, another 53 per cent of companies think they will be ready to reduce the number of working days in the long term, and 41 per cent of employers are not ready to change the work schedule at all.
Also, 50 per cent of respondents consider the main advantage of a shortened working week to be increased employees’ time for family and personal life, 32 per cent believe that a 4-day working week will protect the team from fatigue and burnout, another 24 per cent of respondents noted that employees will begin to use working time more efficiently, 15 per cent believe that workers will have more time to improve their skills, and 34 per cent of those surveyed do not see any advantages of a shortened workweek.
In addition, 56 per cent of Russian employers are confident that the reduction in the working week will be associated with lower wages of employees, 40 per cent of the respondents are afraid that the productivity of their company will be reduced, 33 per cent are afraid that the labour discipline of employees may decrease, 19 per cent noted possible bureaucratic difficulties, 7 per cent of respondents said that employees will be more tired, and 11 per cent do not see any drawbacks in a 4-day workweek.