Why Workers -- And Employers -- Need A 4-Day Work Week

Next Avenue
<b class="credit">NextAvenue</b> Richard Eisenberg
NextAvenue Richard Eisenberg

By RichardEisenberg

After Labor Day, I have a suggestion for America's employers that I think would make their employees happier and more productive: Offer them a four-day workweek.

Giving staffers one weekday off would be especially appealing to the biggest chunk of the American labor force – boomers.

Many of them could use the free day to take their parents to doctor's appointments or handle other eldercare duties, spend time with their grandkids, learn new skills and transition into retirement. Four-day workweeks can also let them cut their commutes.