The bank holiday effect
The notion of working less always seems like a progressive notion. We like that kind of progress. To work less and play more without running out of cash is the holy grail for lifestyle gurus all over the planet, although something considered the lifestyle reserved for the super-wealthy. We seem to get a bit stuck in this idea that the only determinant of your freedom is the size of you bank balance and that the rest of “normal” society has to slog away for two days off, of which four collective hours are spent in Tesco and 6 hours are already destroyed thinking about the coming Monday.
The bank holiday effect
We all love to work. I mean, we actually do get a huge buzz from doing something productive with our time and most of us would probably be excruciatingly bored just sitting at home every day doing nada. We also freaking love a bank holiday weekend more than life itself.
Some wise souls argue that we become so emotional over the thought of a forthcoming bank holiday that it is because it is such a rare beast compared to our European counterparts. This is only partly true; our continental colleagues enjoy a rare long-weekend as much as the rest of us. Universally, it is defined by the glimmering oasis of Friday beers that seem like Thursday beers, empty BBQ and beer shelves in the supermarkets, friends, family, films, that Sunday trip to the park without thinking about the apocalypse…you know the feeling.
Would we get bored of a bank holiday every week? This is a question akin to asking if we’d get bored on the first day of a summer holiday. I think not.
Four day working is a reality
Imagine how blissful society and the workplace would become if we could live the bank holiday week like Bill Murray; every single week. Offices would seethe with anticipation and energy as the week whizzed by, the mundane water fountain chat with the office hippos would switch to weekend plans as early as Tuesday; Tracey will be off to Amsterdam for 3 days with red-eye Jo from finance, Mike will get to see the kids from all his marriages this week and Brian will get an extra day to do, well, whatever Brian does.
A four day working week is not something attained through wealth or position; it is an actual thing that companies are starting to really engage with in order to provide additional flexibility and motivation. People have been saying good things about the flexi work revolution and, quite frankly, what is there to dislike?