Malacañang Looking Into 4-Day Workweek Proposal
MALACAÑANG – The Malacañang stated on Thursday that the proposal for a 4-day workweek is going to be evaluated.
This proposal aimed to ease the flow of traffic within areas of Metro Manila. House Minority Leader Benny Abante Jr. suggested private firms to implement a four-day workweek schedule.
This would run throughout December with the hopes of easing the traffic in the holiday season. He also made an appeal to the Palace to study about the implementation for national government agencies.
Adding to this, the lawmaker likewise suggested that private companies utilize the Republic Act 11165 or the Telecommuting Act. This allows employees to continue work in their own homes.
Abante even made Microsoft an example of private firms that implemented the 4-day workweek scheme. He emphasized that their decision led to a 40-percent increase in productivity and sales.
“There is no harm in trying because, at this point, we should explore all possibilities to help address our traffic woes“, said Abante.
During August, all 2,300 employees were given five paid Fridays off in a row without a pay decrease. Along with this, employees also took 25 percent less paid time off during the course of the program.
Adding to the benefits of this workweek scheme are environmental benefits. There was 23 percent less electricity used and 59 percent fewer pieces of paper were printed.
Because of this success, Microsoft said that 92 percent of the employees enjoyed the shorter workweek. This was opposed to the typical 5-day workweek.
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