United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

More companies flirt with the idea of the four-day work week

Posted by: Bill Olson    Mar 21, 2019 3:22:14 PM

shutterstock_487208749Many white-collar jobs, particularly those in creative industries like PR, publishing, and design, have embraced summer hours for years, with shortened workdays on Fridays. Now, some companies are experimenting with “Winter Fridays,” says The New York Times. While clearly seasonal-specific options, both these trends are part of ongoing explorations on the impact of reduced workweeks. Though hardly ubiquitous in either summer or winter, research points to a year-round, four-day workweek gaining some popularity across industries and across the globe.

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Topics: work-life balance, flexibility in the workplace, time management

Emails Never Sleep: Employers Consider Email Expectations

Posted by: Robert Black    Mar 8, 2017 9:30:00 AM

For some employees, when they leave work, they don’t even think about it until they return the next morning.  For others, while they may leave their place of employment, they’re never truly disconnected. That’s because there’s a workplace culture where some employees feel they must check and respond to their work emails 24/7/365. While this may be the new normal, there’s research that shows it may also be harmful to employees.

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Topics: office culture, Robert Black, work-life balance, email, office productivity, employee burnout