Around 4,000 years ago, the Babylonians thought there were only seven planets in our solar system, so they dedicated a day of the week to each. Of course, they were wrong, but that’s where the seven-day workweek came from. It stuck, but that wouldn’t develop into the five-day workweek for almost 4,000 years.
It’s been more than a century since the five-day workweek became mainstream. And it’s pretty unpopular. The work revolution is starting to shake the very foundations of the workweek we’ve all known for our entire professional careers. And we’re here for it.
That’s why we’re highlighting seven awesome companies that are leading the future of work. Here are seven companies offering employees a four-day workweek right now.
Companies With Four-Day Workweeks Worth Checking Out
Perhaps, these companies with four-day workweeks will pave the way for better work-life balance across the globe. If you are looking for more flexibility and longer weekends, consider these seven amazing companies.
We would be remiss if we didn’t list ourselves on this list of U.S. companies with four-day workweeks. The Qwick team is really proud of the fact that we offer a four-day workweek. Learn more about why we’ve decided to make the change here.
Our CEO often says, “The team is only everything…” and it’s true. Our mission is to change the way people work, and that means we have to start with our own workplace. To do that, we’ve put together an incredible suite of benefits and perks, now including a four-day workweek.
Some other reasons to work with Qwick include the following:
- Unlimited paid time off (PTO)
- A dollar-for-dollar 10% 401K match
- 16 weeks of paid parental leave
- Competitive salaries, reviewed regularly to keep pace with market values
- Employee salary for equity program
- Medical, dental, and vision insurance plans
- Long-term and short-term disability insurance
- A counselor available to employees and their families around the clock
As if those benefits weren’t enough, our company culture is praised by employees. In other words, you have nothing to lose and a life-changing work experience to gain by applying to Qwick.
A worldwide legacy company based in Japan, Toshiba has been at the top of the list of companies with four-day workweeks since just after the beginning of the pandemic, in May of 2020.
This policy applies to workers in Toshiba plants, though it’s not any fewer hours than the five-day workweek—it’s about 10 hours per day over four days. Still, most of us could use a little three-day weekend action even if it doesn’t mean fewer total hours working per week.
Canadian ecommerce company Shopify has taken an interesting approach to the four-day workweek. Instead of making it a year-round policy, the company has taken a more seasonal approach. If you work at Shopify, you get Fridays off in the summer.
It’s all about R&R, after all, and Shopify employees get a full extra day to pursue it when the temperatures warm up.
Kickstarter is soon to make an appearance on any list of U.S. companies with four-day workweeks and any list of public benefit corporations with four-day workweeks. That’s two feathers in this crowdfunding company’s cap. The company has said it is going to institute the policy in 2023, so you still have time to get your application in.
California-based consignment company ThredUP has made its four-day workweek a permanent policy. The company said on its website that it viewed the shorter working week as an investment in its people bringing their best selves to work every day.
The work revolution involves more than just U.S. companies with four-day workweeks. In fact, Panasonic is the second international Japanese company to make this list, and it’s in good company. According to Bloomberg, a little over 8% of Japanese companies allow a shortened workweek.
In the case of Panasonic, the shorter week is optional, and the company has explicitly said that employees can use the extra day to volunteer, work on side hustles, or just do whatever they want.
Basecamp may be at the bottom of this list, but it was one of the first companies with a four-day workweek that we ever heard of. The company has had its seasonal four-day workweek policy in place since at least 2017, and it’s showing no signs of stopping any time soon.
Basecamp made it clear in a blog post that this summertime four-day week policy isn’t just a marketing ploy that has employees stuffing 40 hours into four days. Employees really get eight hours off each week.
Live the Four-Day-Week Dream at Qwick
Dreaming about working at a company with a four-day workweek? Stop dreaming. Reality is calling, and its name is Qwick. We’re in the business of hooking people like you up with a great place to work, and it’s no stretch to think you’ll find the right job here with us.
To browse our open positions (all with the four-day workweeks you’ve been dreaming of), check out our Careers page. Apply when you’re ready—we can’t wait to hear from you.