Benefits Of a Four Day Work Week

Workplaces and schools are beginning to disrupt the status-quo


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In recent years, there has been a growing trend towards implementing four-day school weeks in educational institutions around the world. While traditional five-day school weeks have been the norm for decades, many educators and researchers are now advocating for shorter school weeks as a means of improving student performance, reducing teacher burnout, and enhancing work-life balance for families. 

According to, “A bill introduced by Maryland lawmakers in January incentivizes employers to institute a 32-hour workweek without cutting worker pay and benefits.”

One of the primary benefits of a four-day school week is the potential to increase student performance. By reducing the length of the school week, students are given more time to rest and recharge, which can result in better academic performance. Additionally, with longer weekends, students can participate in extracurricular activities, which can have a positive impact on their social and emotional development. 

Kristen Owens is a World History teacher at Spartanburg High School who believes in the benefits of four-day work weeks. She also believes some changes to school hours would have to be made.

“I think it would be excellent,” Owens said. “A little bit longer on the school day would be necessary though. From seven to four would be perfect, so students could still have time for sports and social events. A lot of studies have shown that you become more productive because your desire to work increases.”

Another benefit of four-day school weeks is that they can reduce teacher burnout. Teaching can be a demanding profession, and many educators report feeling stressed and overwhelmed due to the demands of the job. With an extra day off, teachers can have more time to plan lessons, grade papers and tend to other professional responsibilities, which can ultimately result in better instruction and student outcomes. 

Furthermore, shorter school weeks can benefit families by providing more opportunities for work-life balance. Parents who work full-time often struggle to balance work and family obligations, and a four-day school week can provide them with more time to spend with their children. Additionally, with an extra day off, families can schedule appointments, run errands, or take part in leisure activities without interfering with school schedules. 

It is also worth noting that shorter school weeks can have financial benefits for school districts. By reducing the length of the school week, districts can save money on transportation, food service and other operational expenses. In some cases, districts have reported significant cost savings by implementing four-day school weeks. 

While there are many benefits to four-day school weeks, it is important to note that they are not without their challenges. Some parents may struggle to find childcare on the day that their child is not in school, and some students may have trouble adjusting to the longer school days. Additionally, there is some concern that reduced instructional time could have a negative impact on student outcomes, particularly in subjects like math and science.

There are many potential benefits to implementing four-day school weeks in educational institutions. From improving student performance and reducing teacher burnout to providing more opportunities for work-life balance, there are many reasons to consider shorter school weeks. While they may not be the right fit for every school or every student, this trend is likely to continue growing in popularity in the years to come.