Who wants a 4 day working week? Certainly not Indians who are happy working 5 days says study

Last Updated: Wed, Sep 12, 2018 16:43 hrs

A study finds Indians as among the hardest workers, with estimates suggesting 69% employees willing to work five days a week even if they had an option to work for fewer days for same pay.

A study commissioned by workforce management firm Kronos says that only one in four global employees (28%) are content with the standard five-day workweek.

Mexico was the second-highest at 43% workers willing to work five days a week, followed by US at 27%.

The survey added that UK (16%), France (17%) and Australia (19%) are the least content with the standard five-day workweek.

If pay remained constant, one-third of global workers felt their ideal workweek would last four days (34%), while 20% said they would work three days a week.

The survey found that one-third of employees (35%) would take a 20% pay-cut to work one day less per week.

However, those numbers vary greatly by country, as 50% of workers in Mexico, 43% in India and 42% in France would take that arrangement compared with only 29% in Canada and 24% in the US.

It also revealed that even though 75% of full-time employees globally said they have enough time in the workday to finish their major tasks, nearly two in five (37%) work more than 40 hours each week and 71% claim work interferes with their personal lives.

However, full-time employees in Australia (37%) and the UK (34%) felt strongest that they do not have enough time in the day to get the job done, yet they do not work the most hours, it said.

"It's clear that employees want to work and do well by their employers, and many roles require people to be present or on call during specific hours to get the job done such as teachers, nurses, retail associates, plant workers, delivery drivers, and nearly all customer-facing roles," executive director of The Workforce Institute at Kronos, Joyce Maroney said.

She said, organisations must help their people eliminate distractions, inefficiencies and administrative work to enable them to work at full capacity.

"This will create more time to innovate, collaborate, develop skills and relationships and serve customers while opening the door to creative scheduling options, including the coveted four-day workweek," she added.

Working Overtime:

44% Indian workers clocked more than 40 hours each week. Only the US betters the Indian' record. The US leads the way with overtime, 49% workers clocking more than 40 hours each week.

Mexico (40%) and Germany (38%) follow closely.

The survey research was conducted by Future Workplace on behalf of Kronos Incorporated between July 31 August 9, 2018, among 2,772 employees. The study was responded by full and part-time employees living in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Mexico, the UK and the US.

In recent times, corporate such as Amazon have been reported of experimenting with four day work schedules. Most recently, an Amazon India directive asked its employees not to reply to work related emails after 6:00 PM. This, to ensure a work-life balance.