Poles want to work for 4 days, 8 hours each and earn the same

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The survey was conducted in a group of over 2,200 specialists and managers in the period from July to September this year. As emphasized by Hays, the aim of the survey was to find out about employees’ opinions on the four-day working week, as well as their readiness to perform professional duties in three variants: work 4 days a week, 8 hours a day (with full pay); work 4 days a week, 10 hours a day (with full remuneration) and work 4 days a week, 8 hours a day (with 80% of remuneration).

According to the survey, although a shortened working week is not a common solution, almost every tenth Polish specialist (9%) has experience working in such a model. The most frequently used variant is working 4 days a week, 8 hours a day, with full remuneration (37% of responses). The second most popular model on the Polish market (30% of responses) is the so-called compressed hours. The employee then works 40 hours a week – therefore full-time – but within 4 working days. This extends the standard working day, but gives you one day off.

Hays Poland emphasizes in its report that respondents to the survey are very enthusiastic about the prospect of working 4 days a week, 8 hours a day, if it goes hand in hand with maintaining full remuneration. As much as 96 percent. declared that it would like to work in such a model. The respondents were also asked if a job offer containing the above variant would be more attractive to them. An affirmative answer was given by as many as 87 percent. specialists.

The attractiveness of the compressed working week model, in which a full, 40-hour week should be fit into 4 working days, was rated lower. 52 percent would like to work in this model. respondents. From the employees’ perspective, the least attractive solution is the option of lowering the salary. However, even in this case, which is de facto employment of 4/5 full-time jobs, the readiness to work in such a model was declared by almost every fifth respondent to the survey.

– Although the level of remuneration is a key motivator to change jobs, money is not the most important thing for all candidates. For some experts with extensive experience and well-paid positions, it is crucial to maintain a healthy balance between private and professional life. The possibility of shortening the working week by one day will be a particularly attractive solution for them – notes Łukasz Grzeszczyk, executive director at Hays Poland.

According to Aleksandra Tyszkiewicz, executive director at Hays Poland, an employee who has more time for himself is refreshed and motivated. If, in addition, it has the ability to function in an optimized and technologically advanced work environment, it is able to give more. Thinks creatively, focuses on what is really important and does not waste time on time-consuming, administrative activities.

– However, it is still difficult to imagine a situation in which all companies in Poland shorten the working week. It is a solution that will not be possible in every organization and in every position. We are talking here mainly about tasks that require continuity, e.g. in medical facilities or positions related to security. In order to be able to shorten the working time, the organization must show a high level of productivity and employee commitment from the very beginning – says Tyszkiewicz.


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