There are companies who have been experimenting with shifting to a four-day work week. It’s not that they’ve reduced their expectations by 20%, but rather they’ve experimented to learn what would happen if they tried creating the same outcomes with 80% of the effort.
What they’ve learned: There is no impact to the outcome.
For me, this is hardly surprising. Parkinson’s law states that work will expand to fill the time allocated for it’s completion.
This implies that if you give them five days, they’ll take five days to create the outcome. It also says if you give them four days, they’ll get it done without heroic measures.
So, the question to ask yourself is: why are your people working so many hours? And, it doesn’t matter how many hours they’re working – same question, same problem.
You’ve got this.