It’s official, 29 companies representing 500 employees of the South African workforce will be implementing a four-day work week starting in March. While there is still time to sign up for the June Pilot, these brave pioneers begin the experiment in less than a month.
While global results have proved promising, South Africans appear ever more focused on happiness in the workplace, as stated by Communicare Chief Operating Officer, Makhosi Kubheka: “To enhance our employee value proposition, we believe that implementing the four-day work week could have a further positive impact on mental wellness as it will provide our people with some valuable extra time to spend with their loved ones…”.
More time with loved ones is always a win and I do hope that more local businesses owners start seeing the 4-Day Week programme in this light. Our Rainbow Nation still places a high value on family and once more employers start to give us some of that time back, the better equipped we will be to cultivate that work-life balance always spoken about.
It’s still early days for pioneering participants and there is no way to tell whether this will be the future of work for citizens of this country. However, that first step has already been taken by 29 companies aspiring towards a better way to work and live.
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David-John Wayne Bailey is an INFJ from Cape Town, a proud pioneer pilot participant of 4 Day Week SA and an advocate of a four-day week for everyone working in South Africa.