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Four day weeks and three day weekends. Could they become ‘a thing’?

Whilst still receiving the same take-home wage?

Well quite feasibly, yes.

The TUC (Trades Union Congress) says the idea could, and arguably should, be a reality by the end of the century. They claim businesses may be forced to share the benefits of new technology with their workforce.

Artificial intelligence, robots and increasingly accurate automation mean the burden is reduced on human decision making and labour.

In January, a report from Centre for Cities found that 3.6m jobs could be reduced or replaced by new technology by 2030.

‘A lifestyle that promotes well-being’

The argument is that the influx of technology shouldn’t replace workers, but instead ease the burden on workforces.

Advances in artificial intelligence and robotics shouldn’t simply benefit company managers and shareholders. We should all reap the rewards of the new technology via a healthier work/life balance that promotes better well-being.

Frances O’Grady, the TUC’s General Secretary, pointed out that unions had once battled for two-day weekends and to limit long working hours, which at the time seemed a bizarre concept to a lot of people.

“We know that some people are pessimistic about whether technology will make their lives better but technology could be a force for good, we can also make everyone’s working lives better and richer,” she explained.

“It doesn’t have to be about surveillance and exploitation. This could be about creating more satisfying work.”

We’ll still deliver 7 days a week

Crown Oil are proud of our customer service record, and a big part of this is being able to deliver fuels and lubricants to you every day of the week.

We support a healthy work/life balance for all our staff and do what we can to support our workforce’s development both in and out of the workplace.

But rest assured, we will get your delivery to you when you need it, regardless what day of the week it is.

Take a look at the products we offer.