MOSCOW, February 24 – RIA Novosti. More than half of Russian employers do not exclude that they can switch to a 4-day work week in the long term, Rabota.ru found out and shared his research with RIA Novosti.
The study involved 1000 representatives of Russian companies from all regions of Russia. It was held in February this year.
First, the service asked employers how they generally feel about reducing the working week to 4 days. It turned out that 42% of the interviewed representatives of Russian companies assess the idea negatively, 20% were neutral, and 38% were in support.
However, in the next question, 6% of respondents indicated that they are considering such a transition in the near future, and 53% indicated that they would be ready to reduce the number of working days in the long term. At the same time, 41% of those who answered categorically do not plan this even in the distant future.
Business representatives interviewed also highlighted the pros and cons of a 4-day work week. For example, half of the respondents noted that employees will be able to spend more time with their families. Almost a third of employers believe that a shorter working week will protect the team from fatigue and burnout.
Another 24% noted that employees will begin to use working time more efficiently, and 15% said that employees will have more time to improve their skills. At the same time, 34% of respondents do not see any advantages of a short work week.
At the same time, 56% of Russian employers are confident that the reduction in the working week will be associated with lower wages. 40% fear a decrease in the company's productivity, a third – a decrease in labor discipline. 19% noted possible bureaucratic difficulties. Another 7% of respondents believe that employees will get more tired working 4 days a week. 11% of business representatives see no flaws in a 4-day work week.