40/5

Our working week is shaped into 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.

A culture born in 1926 when Henry Ford took the radical step to cut shifts from nine hours to eight, and scale back the work week from six days to five.

Some of this decision was about productivity. Some of it was about welfare. Some about fairness. But much of it was because Henry Ford realised that if people worked all the time, it meant that they had little downtime to spend their hard-earned money.

40/5 was born in the 2nd Industrial Revolution, century-old thinking that is still shaping our organisational culture today.

How will your work shape tomorrow?

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