4 Days, 40 Hours
4 Days, 40 Hours is a 1971 book by Riva Poor reporting on a "revolution in work and leisure" from a rearranged work week with four days of 10 hours each. In some cases, the book claims, companies can increase production and profit while giving employees more time off. For example, Kyanize Paints would make 3 batches of paint on each of 5 work days, leaving the factory closed on weekends. Employees agreed to work 2 extra hours Monday through Thursday, in exchange for Friday off. The factory was then able to make 4 batches of paint on each of 4 work days. This increased production from 15 to 16 batches.
David Hamilton wrote, "Her research indicates that the shorter week is most successful in small, nondiversified industries."
- "The 4-Day Work Week Is Coming ...", Illinois Parks and Recreation, 9 July/August, 1971.
- Alicia Patterson Foundation website[dead link]
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