- Parent Category: Upper-Intermediate English Students
- Category: Upper-Intermediate Mini Lessons
- Written by Chris Cotter
Although the workweek varies from country to country, the majority of people in the majority of places around the globe work five days per week. Some cultures maintain an older, six-day workweek. A few countries and/or businesses have reduced the number of days work to four, but instead require employees to work longer hours. The four-day workweek has begun to demonstrate massive positives. This suggests that people may soon say, "TGI Thursday!"
With a four-day workweek, companies immediately reduce energy costs. The buildings are closed for three days. This saves millions of dollars for the largest employers. Employees also feel more refreshed after longer weekends, which lead to less stress, fewer health problems, and a drop in absenteeism. Productivity increases too.
Preview the lesson material:
Warm Up: Discuss the question with your partner for five minutes.
- What would be the perfect job for you? Why? How about the absolute worst job?
Comprehension Questions: Answer the questions before/after your read the article.
- What is one reason that the four-hour workweek may become more common?
a. no one wants to work five or six days each week
b. people enjoy their work more
c. because people may soon say, "TGI Thursday"
d. companies want to pay their employees less
- How does business benefit from a four-day workweek?
a. people must take work home because the office is closed
b. employees actually work more hours overall
c. people feel healthier and miss work less frequently
d. companies immediately save millions of dollars
Discuss: Discuss these questions with a partner. Remember to support your answers.
- Do you think a four-day workweek is a good idea? Why/not?
- Would a four-day workweek likely be adopted in your country? Would it work? Why/not?
- What other positives can you imagine because of a four-day workweek?