You’ve heard of the four-day week, now meet its slightly less fun, but still a good time, younger brother: the nine-day fortnight.
Calls to reduce working hours have been building since the pandemic, as workers across the world look for more flexible ways of working to improve their mental and physical health after Covid forced us to ask: ‘what’s it all for?’
While slightly less productive Friday afternoons are nothing new, more companies are introducing formal policies to allow staff to head off while the sun is still high in the sky, which could pave the way for a permanent shift.
Campaigners say that a reduction in working hours brings a whole host of benefits – tackling unemployment, improving health and wellbeing, and boosting recruitment. As a result of having to work fewer days, employees have a longer time to recuperate before returning to work and have more time to spend with families and friends.
What does a nine-day fortnight mean?
A nine-day fortnight does what it says on the tin, allowing employees to work nine days in a fortnight rather than the traditional 10. This could mean taking an extra full day off every other week, or working a half day every Friday.
Summer Fridays that allow employees to finish work between 12 and 3.30 in the afternoon have shortened the working week, but a true nine-day fortnight would mean taking a full half day off (3.5 to four hours) with no reduction to pay.