My new Column is up at Workforce.com. Topic is the 4-day work week, and why you shouldn't drink the Kool-Aid...
"Here’s a rule of thumb for all you capitalists working undercover as HR pros in corporate America: If your local, state or federal government is leading the charge to implement a seemingly progressive workplace policy, don’t rush to be included in the "me too" camp.
In fact, when you get the brochure for the "government best practices seminar," run like hell.
As an example of such a policy, I give you the four-day workweek for exempt, salaried employees. I understand that nonexempt, hourly employees are going to work a certain number of hours, then go home. For hourly workers, the four-day workweek is a simple exercise in scheduling production and ensuring availability for customers.
The four-day workweek for exempt professionals is different, and it makes sense only if you don’t think about it too hard. Here’s the spin: We’ll work smarter, not harder, enhance work/life balance through organizational design and improve the morale of exempt workers. All this will be accomplished by chopping a calendar day off the workweek that we’ve carried over from the industrial age.
It just takes one click to check out the rest of the article, including four reasons you should think twice before implementing a 4 day work week.
Please keep the cursing in the comments to a minimum. My mom's reading and it's hard on her...