Australian businesses are increasingly offering four-day workweeks to employees, with no reduction in pay, as they seek to attract talent and stay ahead of competitors in the post-COVID-19 era . The number of Australian organisations providing compressed working weeks, such as full-time hours over four days rather than five, has risen by 29% over the last four years .
Some Australian companies have begun participating in a six-month pilot study that started in August, led by not-for-profit 4 Day Week Global, which includes 20 businesses across Australia and New Zealand . The trial offers employees reduced working hours without a loss in pay and aims to assess the impact of a four-day workweek on productivity, employee satisfaction, and overall company performance.
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation’s (ANMF) Victorian branch has also made a submission to an inquiry, advocating for the reduction of full-time weekly work hours from 38 to 32 hours or four days instead of five . The union argues that this change would provide employees with better opportunities to balance work and personal responsibilities.
Data from software company Citrix reveals that 85% of Australians would prefer a shorter work week if their employer offered it, though only 19% would accept a pay cut for the privilege . The 100:80:100™ model allows workers to receive 100% of their pay for 80% of their time, in exchange for a commitment to maintaining at least 100% productivity . A key benefit of the four-day workweek is its positive impact on the environment, as explained by 4 Day Week Global research partner Professor Juliet Schor in her recent TED talk .