Podcast S6E150: Alex Pang – The Benefits of a 4 Day workweek

In this episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with Alex Pang, founder of Strategy and Rest, a consultancy devoted to helping companies and individuals harness the power of rest to shorten our workdays, while staying focused and productive. Alex is also the author of Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less and his new book SHORTER: WORK BETTER, SMARTER, AND LESS– HERE’S HOW.

In this episode, we speak about why companies should consider reducing the total number of working hours for their employees, or even working only 4 days a week, and the benefits this can bring.

Topics covered in this episode:

  • 00:01:45 – Alex’s background as a futurist in Silicon Valley, and how it brought him to the realisation around doing your best work with deliberate rest
  • 00:05:47 – The reason why people think they need to display their busyness and the history of hustle culture
  • 00:09:00 – The problem with associating time worked with productivity
  • 00:11:45 – The difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivators
  • 00:12:00 – The optimum amount of time required to get work done
  • 00:16:30 – Moving towards a 4 Day workweek and getting the same amount of work done
  • 00:18:45 – How to set up teams to collaborate when working fewer hours, whether in the office or remote
  • 00:24:00 – The stress of doing all of your work online and trying to be visible
  • 00:29:30 – What a change to a 4 Day Workweek might be like for a company

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