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S3 E8: Implementing a 4-day Work Week

HRin15 Interview with Joe O'Connor: Implementing a 4-Day Work Week

“We’re not talking about doing the same work in less time. We’re looking at your business processes to figure out how you can deliver the same output with fewer and more efficient inputs.”

The 5-day work week has been a familiar concept since the early 1900s, and it’s hard to imagine life without it. But the 5-day week concept was originally designed with the idea that the working individual had a spouse at home to take care of the domestic duties, and this isn’t nearly as common today. This leads to a burnt-out workforce with an uneven work-life balance. In comes the concept of a 4-day work week – but how would you implement it? In today’s episode of HR in 15, we’re continuing our conversation with Joe O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer of 4 Day Week Global. Host Rhonda Wheelous, Director of Client Services at PrestigePEO, joins him to discuss how a company should bring a 4-day work week into reality.


Highlights Include:  

  • The 4 Day Work Week Global pilot program
  • How real companies have thrived after adopting this new schedule
  • Training, networking, and mentoring to make sure this new schedule works for everyone

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Joe O'Connor

Joe O’Connor is a driven and dynamic campaigner and communicator, with extensive leadership experience, and a passion for social justice and progressive change. Joe is currently based in New York City, where in addition to all his work for 4 Day Week Global, he is conducting a one-year research fellowship with Cornell University, leading a research project on working time reduction.  He was appointed as CEO in March 2022, taking over from Charlotte Lockhart. Previously he was 4 Day Week Global’s pilot program manager, where he is coordinating pilots of the four-day working week in Ireland, the United States and Canada, with almost 50 companies signed up to participate in six-month coordinated trials early in 2022. Pilots are being planned later in 2022 for the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Israel.