Derek Thompson on the Five-Day Workweek
It's becoming a three-day office week within a longer workweek
Derek Thompson wrote a provocative article in The Atlantic, called The Five-Day Workweek Is Dying. I’d like to unthread a few of the ideas he’s explored.
He spoke with Nicholas Bloom, an economics professor at Stanford University, who offered up a fairly compelling argument, that we won’t ever go back to five days in the office [emphasis mine]
“The number of person-days in the office is never going back to pre-pandemic average, ever,” Bloom told me. After two years of working from home, he said, employees don’t just prefer it. They also feel like they’re getting better at it. Despite widespread reports of burnout, self-reported productivity has increased steadily in the past year, according to his research.