That HR Podcast episode 14: Will the four-day week ever work?

A handful of workplaces have pioneered dropping a working day and apparently enjoyed better engagement as a result – but is it that simple?

Losing a working day without a reduction in pay seems almost too good to be true, which is why the four-day week has captured the public imagination in recent weeks. But is it all that straightforward?

In this episode of That HR Podcast, People Management junior writer Lauren Brown meets experts from the CIPD and TUC to delve deeper into the pros and cons of the four-day week, the business case and the challenges it could pose.

The team also travel to the CIPD's Festival of Work to meet mental health charity Mind and talk about wellbeing in a digital workplace; get up close and personal with some workplace canines; and hear from a self-proclaimed cyborg about blurring the boundary between being tech and human.

Plus Tim Pointer is back to answer another listener query.

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Thank you to our guests from this episode:

  • Alex Collinson, policy and campaigns support officer, TUC
  • Jon Boys, labour market economist, CIPD  
  • Emma Mamo, head of workplace wellbeing, Mind 
  • Neil Harbisson, cyborg artist
  • Tim Pointer, founder, Starboard