Over 70% of Ukrainian employers are ready to switch to a 4-day workweek as an experiment

The majority of Ukrainian employers, namely 52.5%, consider the possibility of introducing a 4-day workweek in Ukraine as realistic, while 47.5% believe that reducing the workweek is impossible for our country.

At the same time, according to a survey conducted by the job search portal Jooble, 71.3% of employers are ready to consider the transition to a 4-day workweek as an experiment.

Attitudes of employers toward the shortened week

According to Jooble’s survey that involved 345 Ukrainian employers and was conducted between June 8 and July 8, 2021, the majority of respondents, namely 52.5%, believe it is realistic to introduce a 4-day workweek in Ukraine, while 47.5% do not agree with this idea.

However, many employers, 71.3%, would be willing to consider moving to a 4-day workweek at their company as an experiment. It’s about restructuring internal processes so that the product or service the business provides remains available to customers without change.

When asked about experimenting with schedule changes, 28.5% stated they are not willing to experiment with them. Among the key reasons for that are: this work format is not suitable for a company’s operations, it might reduce company revenues, it could slow down various processes within the company, or it might reduce control over employees’ work.

Prospects for companies and attitudes toward changing salaries

Among the possible prospects for companies to move to a 4-day workweek, most respondents, 72%, said it would give more freedom for employees to deal with personal issues. Furthermore, employers noted that it would help reduce companies’ office costs.

Eighty-seven point eight percent of employers surveyed by Jooble said they are ready to keep their employees’ salaries unchanged after reducing working hours, and 12.2% believe that it is logical to reduce them.