Trials of a four-day week are currently under way around the world and it’s hoped the new model will improve employees’ work-life balance and help organisations recruit talented people. The attraction of working 80% of the time for 100% of pay are obvious, but there are major factors to consider before taking the plunge: will organisations be able to maintain productivity levels? Is there a danger that compressing work into four days will cause further work stress? And could part-time employees miss out on this new benefit?

Join Nigel Cassidy and this month’s guests – Tom Gibby, co-founder and CMO of The Bot Platform, and Charlotte Lockhart, founder and managing director of 4 Day Week Global – as we question whether the four-day week is the solution to the changing 21st century world of work.

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