Wanting to understand the global “working week” better, Citrix recently surveyed 3,750 office and home workers across the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Canada, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, investigating the hours they work currently and the likelihood of them adopting a four-day working week in the future. Above all, the research revealed overwhelming support for the four-day week, with 87% of respondents saying they would take the option if their employer offered it to them, and 41% agreeing a four-day working week would be feasible with their current workload. Overall, 53% of our survey respondents are contracted to work regular set hours (i.e. the traditional 9-to-5). Only 4% overall have complete flexibility in the way they work, with no set number of working hours.
Additionally, overtime is rife, and 86% of the office workers surveyed admitted it is commonplace for them to work outside of their preferred working hours. Of these, 47% are putting in these additional hours “daily” or “most days”, and one can safely assume this is an upwards trend. Half (51%) of survey respondents also feel their country is facing an overtime epidemic. When it comes to the amount of time spent working outside of preferred hours, the average is four hours 36 minutes per week, with 21% working an additional eight hours or more, equivalent to an extra day. It therefore comes as little surprise that 52% say their week feels closer to a six-day week than a four-day week.