Is a four-day week the future of work?

Working fewer hours is getting a new look during the pandemic as companies experiment with cures for employee burnout

Is a four-day week the future of work?

Working fewer hours is getting a new look during the pandemic as companies experiment with cures for employee burnout

Kickstarter Chief Executive Aziz Hasan had to embrace remote work during the initial stage of the pandemic. Now this boss wants to reward employees who stuck around with a new perk: the four-day workweek.

Starting next year the Brooklyn crowdfunding company plans to allow its employees to clock eight fewer hours over four days for no less pay, as part of a pilot study. Mr. Hasan’s bet is that the shortened schedule will allow workers to juggle work and home life while having more time for personal pursuits. He hopes Kickstarter’s staff of roughly 90 will be just as productive in carrying out the company’s mission of funding creative projects, if not more so.

“You can’t learn until you start doing it," Mr. Hasan said. “People are curious what it will look like and if it will work."