‘We want a three-day weekend!’ say workers

Win-win: What are the effects of a four-day week?

Do you want a three-day weekend? Most people work or go to school from Monday to Friday. Now, some people say we will be happier if we only work for four days a week.

What’s happening

Do you like weekends? Most of us do. We do not work on Saturday or Sunday. We spend two days having fun instead.

Now a company in New Zealand says it will have weekends on Fridays too! It says this makes its workers happy.

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The company says there are “no downsides” to the plan. The staff work for less time but they still get a lot done.

This is because we work hard when we are happy and well-rested. When we are stressed we make more mistakes.

Now some say that we should all get a three-day weekend — even you! Do you like this idea?

Some say…

Yes! It is a good plan. Weekends are fun. We should all have more time off to enjoy life.

Others think…

No! Going to school is fun too. Learning is very important. Let’s keep things as they are.

You Decide

  1. How many days a week do you want to spend at school?

Activities

  1. Look at the three pairs of numbers at the top of this article. What is the difference between each of them?

Some People Say...

“There is no substitute for hard work.”

Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb

What do you think?

Word Watch

Instead
As an alternative.
New Zealand
A country in Oceania. It is east of Australia.
Downsides
Bad results or disadvantages.
Staff
Workers, employees.
Well-rested
Not tired.
Stressed
Under too much pressure.
Substitute
Replacement.

Subjects

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