Realistically for some people it may work. But does it work well? Not really, you end up doing more on those four days than five and would probably still end up working over.
— A partner at an elite firm in the U.K., in comments given to Law.com International on how he thinks a four-day work week would out in a Biglaw setting. This month, more than 3,000 employees at 70 companies in the U.K. started a trial of a four-day work week. Those employees will work for four days instead of five, without any effect on their pay. In the legal profession, where there are sometimes pressing client matters that need to be attended to, it seems unlikely that a shortened week would be feasible for all employees.
Staci Zaretsky is a senior editor at Above the Law, where she’s worked since 2011. She’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to email her with any tips, questions, comments, or critiques. You can follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.
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