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Employers are experimenting with flexible work weeks in the wake of the pandemic in an effort to recruit and retain talent and improve work-life balance. Five percent of employers are offering a four-day work week either as a formal policy or on a case-by-case basis, according to a new report from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. The survey defined a four-day work week as a decrease in the required weekly work hours from 40 to 32 hours. 

One percent of employers are in the process of piloting a four-day schedule, while 14% of employers are considering doing so, the report found. Some of the employers surveyed said they have implemented a four-day work week across the company, but many employers indicated they only offer it to certain job functions, specific employees or those working in certain locations. Meanwhile, 80% said they are not considering this type of schedule. 

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