The number of younger professionals who are advocating for a four-day work week is growing.
According to a recent survey published by Bankrate, 83% of the Gen Z and millennial age groups (18-42 years old) support a shortened work week — with a staggering 92% willing to make work-related sacrifices to attain this schedule.
However, despite the rising interest, the shorter workweek has not been widely accepted, with only 12% of U.S. workers are reported to have access to a non-traditional schedule, a slight increase from 9% in the previous year.
Younger professionals are not just passively supporting this trend; they are actively willing to make significant sacrifices. The data reveals that 48% are willing to work longer hours, 35% are open to changing jobs or companies, and 33% are prepared to work fully in person. Additionally, 20% stated that they are willing to take fewer vacation days, 13% would said they would accept a pay cut, and 12% would consider taking a step back in their careers.
In comparison, older generations (Gen X and baby boomers, ages 43-77) also support a four-day work week (78%) but are less willing to make these kinds of sacrifices. Only 43% would consider making more than one sacrifice, and just 26% would entertain the idea of sacrificing three or more aspects of their jobs for a shorter work week.
The research suggests that the adoption of a four-day work week could mean a trade-off between work and leisure. While the entire multigenerational workforce is demanding greater flexibility and work-life balance, the demand for a four-day workweek is likely more felt among younger workers.