As countries around the world begin to reopen amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, some are considering creative ways to help jump-start their economies — including shortening the workweek.
“I hear lots of people suggesting we should have a four-day workweek,” she said. “Ultimately that really sits between employers and employees, but as I’ve said, there’s just so much we’ve learned about COVID-19 and that flexibility of people working from home, the productivity that can be driven out of that.”
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The idea of shortening the workweek has been thrown around for some time in Canada, but has never been implemented.
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Here’s a look at what experts think about Canada switching to a four-day workweek.
Would a four-day workweek help stimulate the economy?
Moshe Lander, an economist at Concordia University, said thinking that implementing a four-day workweek will help to stimulate the economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic is “optimistic” but “misguided.”
He said giving people an extra day off of work likely won’t change their spending habits.