Would a four-day workweek help a tired American workforce to rejuvenate and improve productivity? If you take recent news reports about its success at Microsoft Japan you would think so. But in an interview with Business Insider, The Workers Lab Interim CEO Adrian Haro introduces a focus on workers at the margins of productivity.
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A reality for low-wage workers is that they are already being worked to optimal productivity. Scheduling algorithms, such as Kronos, use AI to devise worker shifts around when to best meet a store's demand. Companies increased use in these scheduling algorithms in the past decade, according to Adrian Haro, CEO of The Workers Lab.
It’s easy to be drawn in by the promise of fewer days at work, but by bringing the impact on workers at the margins of power into focus, we see a different story. For America’s vulnerable workers who work paycheck to paycheck, solutions for better work-life balance include higher pay, better staffing, and more fixed schedules — not a shorter workweek.