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

Making a Remote Team Work

Posted by: Bill Olson    Oct 24, 2018 10:55:46 AM

In a tight labor market, a candidate’s potential commute can make a job more or less attractive. HumanResources reports that a quarter of employees surveyed had left a job because of the commute. When looking at just Millennials, the number jumps to one third. Employees can be choosy, selecting a job that offers more of what they want, and that means less of a commute. Companies can work around this by offering transportation amenities, flexible scheduling or more remote working opportunities.

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Topics: remote work, Millennials in the Workforce, commute, flexibility in the workplace