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OPINION: Could AI Make The Four-Day Work Week A Reality?

By Melissa Norman

While some fear the possible impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on jobs, there are upsides to  leveraging AI in the workplace.

Recent studies have found that AI could enable organisations  to shift to a four-day work week. 

With cries for a healthier work-life balance reaching fever pitch among professionals in this  age, AI has the potential to realise the dream of many. Employees are no longer content with  merely punching the clock; they seek greater flexibility and autonomy in how they manage  their time.  

This is reflected in a recent Tech.co study, ‘The Impact of Technology on the Workplace 2024  Report’, where remote teams face fewer recruitment roadblocks, with 44% of fully remote  businesses finding it easy to recruit staff, compared to 32% of businesses with mandatory in office policies. 

The Role of AI in Workforce Optimisation 

At the heart of this transformation is the rise of AI technologies, which are revolutionising  various aspects of business operations.

From predictive analytics to task automation, AI is  reshaping the way organisations allocate resources and manage workflows.

Using AI-powered  automation will improve an employee’s satisfaction in the workplace by automating repetitive,  low-value tasks.

It frees up employees to focus on other, more appealing and engaging  undertakings that draw on their core competencies and human creativity. 

Leveraging AI for a Four-Day Work Week 

One of the most intriguing possibilities offered by AI is its potential to enable a four-day work  week without sacrificing productivity.

By automating routine tasks and optimising workloads,  AI can help organisations accomplish more in less time.

Work involving data analysis and  writing has been proven to reap the most benefits out of AI integration in a company. With  tasks like scheduling and calendar management next in the rank, AI is a tool that enables  companies to cut short working time. 

Addressing Challenges and Concerns 

Of course, the transition to a four-day work week powered by AI is not without its challenges.  Reluctance from stakeholders, resistance to change, and concerns about job displacement  are legitimate considerations that must be addressed.

However, it is important to understand  that the deployment of technologies and automation will automatically eliminate jobs for  humans, is a common misconception. A further look into automation processes would help us  understand otherwise. 

The “job reduction” that AI is often associated with is more related to the reduction of repetitive  and mundane tasks.

Commonly, humans tend to make more mistakes when performing such  tasks.

Hence, adopting automation could reduce errors made in the process.

In the long run,  AI guarantees an increase in process efficiency, and improved quality, both leading to higher  job satisfaction.

As AI drives digital transformation forward, employees must also be ready to adapt and  improve. Rather than simply serving machines, human workers must develop new skills that  can effectively utilise and complement AI, resulting in improved outcomes. 

However, the transition to a four-day workweek in an AI-dominated business environment may  not solely rely on automation. In-house support is crucial, and the acceptance of this  unconventional idea will vary based on a company’s core mission and values.

Rather than  allowing AI to merely assist human work, some businesses might choose to automate certain  tasks with AI while assigning additional responsibilities to employees to make use of the newly  available time. 


The prospect of a four-day work week powered by AI represents a tantalising glimpse into the  future of work.

By harnessing the capabilities of AI to optimise workflows, enhance productivity,  and prioritise employee well-being, organisations can create a win-win scenario where both  employees and employers thrive. As we continue to embrace the possibilities offered by AI  technologies, let us envision a future where work is not just a means to an end but a source of  fulfilment and balance in our lives. 

As the boundaries between work and personal life continue to blur, there’s a growing interest  in alternative work arrangements that prioritise employee well-being without compromising  organisational efficiency.  – BACALAHMALAYSIA.MY

  • The writer is  Founder and Managing Director of Aisling Group.

BacalahMalaysia Team

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