Institut Ramon LLull

Four Days

Sembra Llibres, 2022
168 pages
Non Fiction

Quatre dies

Four Days

Joan Sanchis

"A short, easy-to-understand book that endorses, with all the practical and theoretical justifications, a simple, ambitious, and potentially revolutionary proposal: a four-day workweek."

Spirited debate has arisen around the idea of reducing the workweek to four days or thirty-two hours. In this practical and informative book for the general public, economist Joan Sanchis puts forth theoretical evidence and objective data to argue that this reorganization of the productive model is urgently needed to address three contemporary crises: economic, social, and environmental.

The author also offers a useful toolkit for responding to the usual criticisms of the four-day workweek proposal. He presents successful examples from around the world and suggests simple actions that can be taken by all parties involved (the public and private sectors, business owners, and salaried employees) in order to implement a reduction of the workweek without any reduction of productivity or profits (in fact, quite the contrary).

Finally, the book also presents a thoughtprovoking historical overview of the concept of “work” that allows readers to understand how its meaning has changed over the centuries, impacting social organization and the configuration of individual identities. Understanding this trajectory is liberating and facilitates thinking beyond the inertia of routines so readers can imagine other ways of living and working.


Samuel Fenollosa
Sembra Llibres Coop. V.

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