Many countries in the world have already shifted to a four-day workweek. The idea is simple - employees would work four days a week bur enjoy the same pays and benefits as before. Advocates for the four-day work week suggest that when it is implemented worker's satisfaction increases, and so does productivity. In a country like Bangladesh, the idea of four-day workweek can work even better. If enforced, it will ease chaotic traffic congestions as well as leave its positive impact on the employees' personal lives. And they will start leading stress-free lives and can join the work with full of energy, enthusiasm and rejuvenation.
However, Bangladesh's work culture contrasts with the global scenario. Only a handful companies offer their employees two-day weekends. Most firms have no specific policy about their workers' weekends and follow 'on-call scheduling'. A number of organisations even carry on corporate meetings on weekends. So, basically, a large number of employees have to work for the whole week. And they have no strong effective white collar union to place their demand. The authorities concerned should come up with a change. Also, workplaces should have some fitness equipment as employees spend most of their daytime at office.
Bengal Institute, Dhaka,
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