Reducing hours without reducing pay would reignite an essential but long-forgotten moral project: making American life less about work.
Miraculously—or predictably, if you ask proponents of the four-day workweek—the company seemed to be getting the same amount of work done in less time.
When we have 40 hours of work a week, we find ways to work for 40 hours. Buffer might never go back to a five-day week.
It took a crisis to cement the five-day week as a standard. During the Great Depression, reducing hours was considered a way to spread the finite amount of work available among more people. The appetite for shorter schedules was so great that, in 1933, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that would have temporarily capped the workweek at 30 hours.