Letters: Thank god it’s not Friday

This highlights just how far the work landscape has evolved. In a recent trial, 86 per cent of companies backed the four-day week model. While a four-day week may be attractive to those seeking a better work-life balance, it is not the silver bullet.

Professions whose rhythms are dictated by client demand, such as law or consultancy, would encounter sizeable roadblocks when implementing this in practice: clients paying the highest fees may expect access to their lawyer 24/7.

These professions also tend to be highly competitive and there will always be those willing to ignore a four-day mandate to get ahead.

A more viable solution might instead be found in bespoke flexibility. For example, we’ve found that associates are increasingly choosing to finish early on Fridays, but then work a few hours on Sundays. Different work patterns demand different work solutions.


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