Four-Day Work Week (4-40 Plan). How Do Employees Feel About It?

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  • Author(s): Willard, Dean1
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    Labor Studies Journal. May76, Vol. 1 Issue 1, p99-100. 2p.
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    • Abstract:
      The article presents information about two papers about workweek. The first paper is "Employee Reaction to the Four-Day Week," by B.J. Hodge and Richard D. Tellier. The second paper is "Workers' Perceptions of the Four-Day Week," by Thomas A. Mahoney, Jerry M. Newman, and Peter J. Frost. Both papers appeared in the Fall 1975 issue of the journal "California Management Review." Both groups of researchers adopt standard survey methods and tests to determine which sets of influences, off-the-job or leisure attitudes, and on-the-job or job attitudes, have the most impact on employees' prefersences or dislikes for the four-day work week. The researchers checked job dissatisfaction and job characteristics, demographic groupings and characteristics, and employee opinions. They both introduce hypotheses and possible explanations. Both groups are modest in their conclusion: in most cases the adoption of the four-day week increases worker satisfaction and most workers not now under the plan would prefer it.