The Career Changers

Joe O'Connor | How to make people and businesses thrive with the shorter working week

February 06, 2023 Elisa Martinig Season 5 Episode 5
The Career Changers
Joe O'Connor | How to make people and businesses thrive with the shorter working week
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Show Notes

Our guest today is Joe O’Connor, Director & Co-founder of the Work Time Reduction Centre, Ex CEO of 4 Day Week Global, founder of the 4 Day Week Ireland, and career changer himself. 


Find  your inspiration in 3 quotes: 


  •  The reduced hours working week can be a great contribution towards gender equality. When I started working on the shorter working week, it emerged from a survey that many women with children were already working 4 days a week, but the responsibilities and expectations in their roles were unchanged. 


  •  Parkinson's Law really holds true - and it means that a task will expand to fill the time it's available for its completion. The benefits of a shorter working week for employers are increased productivity, reduced burnt-out, and talent acquisition and retention. On the other side, employees can live healthier and more fulfilling lives and have more time to make choices that promote global sustainability. 


  • We have moved from a philosophical discussion about the 4 days working week to a logistic one - where today we are discussing how to make it work. And the catalyst for this change has been the pandemic - where the paradigm of the 5 days working week has been shifted. 


Today Joe is going to talk about his career and how the 4 days working week can make the world a better place. 

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