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Haar, Jarrod. “Working Four-Day Weeks for Five Days’ Pay? Research Shows It Pays Off.” Phys.org, Phys.org, 25 July 2018, https://phys.org/news/2018-07-four-day-weeks-days.html.

In Working four-day weeks for five days’ pay? Research shows it pays off (2015) Jarrod Haar claims that a New Zealand Company that is trying out a four-day work week has “declared it a resounding success, with 78% saying they were better able to manage their work-life balance” (Haar). The analysis shows that employees felt better at their jobs, they were more engaged, less stressed, and overall could better support a better work life balance. His purpose is to find out if this style of work week is actually a good alternative, by looking through the process, the challenges, and the results of the trial. He seems to want to give the information of the New Zealand findings in order to give a clear and concise answer to whether a four-day work week is worth the change.

Coslor, Erica, and Edward Hyatt. “Hyatt & Coslor Compressed Lives: How ” Flexible ” Are Employer- Imposed Compressed Work Schedules.” Personnel Review, https://www.academia.edu/34531047/Hyatt_and_Coslor_Compressed_Lives_How_Flexible_are_Employer-_Imposed_Compressed_Work_Schedules.

In Compress Lives: How “Flexible” are Employer-Imposed Compressed Work Schedule?  By Edward Hyatt and Erica Coslar, they examine “employee satisfaction with an employer-imposed compressed workweek (“CWW”) schedule” (Hyatt). The authors do so by discovering exactly how a CWW affects the workers happiness and their freedom, as well as looking at specific age groups. They are studying this topic in order to discover how a CWW works and how employees feel about it, and to highlight the importance of decisions for employees. The intended audience is managers, and those in charge of the decision of how work weeks operate, to get across the importance of freedom of decision-making for the employees.

Peeples, Lynne. “Should Thursday Be the New Friday? The Environmental and Economic Pluses of the 4-Day Workweek.” Scientific American, 24 July 2009, https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/four-day-workweek-energy-environment-economics-utah/.

In Should Thursday Be the New Friday? The Environmental and Economic Pluses of the 4-Day Workweek by Lynne Peeples she discusses the benefits of cutting Friday off the workweek while still working 40 hours. She uses facts that says it could not only save money but could also ease pressure the environment and public health. She believes as we should be more efficient, and that this method of working could be one of those ways. Lynne is a freelance science journalist that is looking to shed light on one of the many methods of creating a more efficient world.

O’Bannon, Isaac M. “The Case for a 4-Day Work Week.” StackPath, 15 Oct. 2015, https://www.cpapracticeadvisor.com/payroll/article/12429975/the-case-for-a-4day-work-week.

In The Case for a 4-Day Work Week, Isaac O’Bannon states having a four day work week would make more sense, given that people could still do their job effectively. Isaac says that nearly half (45 percent) of full-time workers say it should take less than five hours each day to do their job if they worked uninterrupted, while three out of four employees (72 percent) would work four days or less per week if pay remained constant. He believes that work would still get done in the same manner, while giving employees more free time. Isaac O’Bannon seems to want to start a conversation about the facts of a shorter work week.

Anderson, Bruce. “The Call for a Shorter Work Week Is Trending-and Both Employees and Employers Are Behind It.” The Call for a Shorter Work Week Is Trending-and Both Employees and Employers Are Behind It | LinkedIn Talent Blog, LinkedIn Talent Blog, 26 Sept. 2018, https://business.linkedin.com/talent-solutions/blog/company-culture/2018/shorter-work-week-trending.

In The Call for a Shorter Work Week Is Trending—and Both Employees and Employers Are Behind It by Bruce Anderson he talks about the benefits of a shorter work week and how many Countries and successful business owners believe it is a good idea. He uses the words of successful people in order to argue his side. He does get his point across as well as talks about the history of a shorter work week. Bruce is interested in where shorter work weeks can take our culture and seems to believe they are coming soon.

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  1. The one thing missing, though not a big deal or worth revising for, is the genre of the pieces (articles, blog posts, books, etc.). Note that titles of big things like books get italicized, titles of small things like articles and blog posts go in quotes. Again, nothing worth revising this post for, but worth thinking about for the future. Overall, these précis are well done.

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