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Updated: May 28, 2023

Joe O'Connor
Joe O'Connor on why the Four Day Work Week is a competitive advantage for your business.

Joining us in conversation today is Joe O’Connor, CEO of 4 Day Week Global. Building on our discussion with Andrew Barnes, Joe is here to deepen our understanding of the Four Day Work Week.

He explains the implementation of the program and expands on why it can be a critical competitive advantage for a company. Some of the biggest brands in the world are pursuing this, or have already implemented it, so don’t get left behind!

A lot of companies are looking for the new thing that will give them the edge in retaining their best people and recruiting talent. A lot of companies are turning to the four day work weekJoe O'Connor [0:06:49]

Joe also shares how he became involved in working for Four Day Week, and why he believes in it enough to invest his time in it. He brings us up to speed with the momentum the company has experienced in the first half of this year. You might be surprised to hear some big names who have implemented the policy to their companies!

The business model that keeps Four Day Week afloat is a topic we couldn't skip as it is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Hear what trials across the world have taught them as a company.

We also talk about measuring effectiveness and the importance of trust surrounding the program. Joe O'Connor shares his analysis that this is no longer a question of whether the policy works, but rather of how it can work for you. You won't want to miss out on this episode!

When you get off a call, and you manage to persuade the executive of the company to move to a four day work week and you know that a couple hundred people are going to have an extra day off, that’s really enjoyable work to be a part of it.Joe O'Connor [0:04:38]


• An introduction to the 4 Day Work Week with Joe O’Connor following our discussion with Andrew Barnes.

• Why he believes in the shift towards a shorter week enough to invest his time in it.

• The momentum they have experienced in the first half of this year alone.

• Big names who have adopted the 4 day work week: Unilever, Microsoft, Bolt, and more.

• The business model for the 4 Day Week.

• Why the four day week is not a one-size fits all idea.

• What they have learned from how the model has worked across the globe.

• Why this has to be a ground-up process.

• Why the process is about the benefit of the policy, rather than squeezing more work out of individuals.

• The many challenges the four day week addresses.

• Why the four day week is a policy rather than a permanent contractual change.

• Why it is so essential to have a solid foundation of trust before implementing change.

• Why your biggest risk is that your competitors will get to this before you do.

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