Work Talk Podcast: Four-day work week - will it happen in Singapore?

Is the concept of a four-day work week on the cards for Singapore? Find out more in this episode of Work Talk. PHOTO: THE NEW YORK TIMES

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Seventy companies in Britain are now trying out a shorter work week. It is a six-month trial started by a non-profit community called 4 Day Week Global. The four-day week movement aims to raise business productivity, improve workers’ health, and build stronger social and family ties. It believes that if workers work fewer days in a week, there will be fairer opportunities for women. It will be good for the planet too.

Will Singapore workers see the four-day work week happen sometime?
Join us as ST's senior correspondent Krist Boo hosts Dr Alex Soojung-Kim Pang from 4 Day Week Global and Ms Louisa Lee, CEO of DP Dental, which adopted the four-day work week 1.5 years ago.

Highlights (click/tap above):

1:53 What does the four-day work week really mean?

4:37 Can it work in Asia? Is 4 Day Week Global planning to bring the trial to Singapore?

9:26 After 1.5 years, has the four-day week worked as hoped at DP Dental?

14:25 How do we measure productivity with a short work week? 

16:13 Could the four-day week be transformational for women? 

Produced by: Krist Boo (, Ernest Luis, Teo Tong Kai and Eden Soh

Edited by: Teo Tong Kai

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