Friday, December 02, 2022

How will the four day working week be implemented in our country?

By Paul Andres Alvarez / [email protected]

The movement started in Europe, it is already spreading to the rest of the world and gradually it is gaining ground in our country as well.

What is this about? Out of a 4 day work week. This change, as is known, goes hand in hand with other amendments that have recently occurred in the workplace, such as the rise of online modalities, which was born out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Within the debate that is already taking place, there are many who believe that it is possible to reduce the number of working days and still reach each company’s objectives. This is why many companies are starting to rethink their hiring and recruitment strategies, finding flexibility as a way to motivate their employees.

With regard to the positive results obtained, it can be explained what happened, for example, in the most developed countries of Europe and Asia where the test was conducted, such as Germany, France, Great Britain, Holland, Japan, Norway, Iceland Belgium, New Zealand and Sweden.

What was verified in those locations was that there was a 40% increase in productivity compared to the same month the previous year, a percentage that was measured by sales made by workers, and 90% of employees said that They were happy with a short working day.

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In addition, electricity consumption decreased by 25.1% and paper printing decreased by 58% compared to the previous year.

And although, as was pointed out, this is a phenomenon that occurs mainly in Europe at the moment, there are already Argentine companies – and many more in other Latin American countries – that have made this 4 days and 3 days a week. method of work has been adopted. off..

Furthermore, according to Edeco Argentina, some companies are planning to implement it on a trial basis for a few months, while others are also planning to do the same but later.

The way it will be done, some firms plan to implement same-day leave for all. On the other hand, others are planning to move around within the team.

Alexandra Manera, director of human resources for Adeco Argentina and Uruguay, said, “Although some companies are already trying, thinking about the 4-day-a-week system in our country is still a long way off. “

However, he cautioned that “the pandemic produced significant changes, and to the extent that some jobs were thought of as objectives and not by hours, it could generate some new contractual options.”

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According to this study, many employers are concerned about how to keep track of productivity, respect the personal lives of employees and coordinate the need to work for certain hours with the necessary digital disconnection.

The debate is, they explain to Edeco how to balance the improvement of employees’ well-being, reducing their working hours, but at the same time efficiently maintaining the productivity-wage ratio for companies.

Two examples in our country

Japanese multinational Ricoh was one of the first to start a four-day-week trial in Argentina from July. It has 200 employees in the country and has decided that before the start of the pilot test, the employees will get the same salary, which will last for two months. Fourteen subsidiaries in the sector joined the initiative for the same period. In this case, the day will turn around: for some it will be Friday and for some it will be Monday.

Also Cordoba-based company Global Think Technology, a technology company dedicated to providing products and services for comprehensive digital solutions, agreed with its employees that they work four days and the rest three.

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