Every U.S. Company With a 4-Day Workweek—Full List

Under a new proposed bill, 3.6 million people in California could move to a four-day workweek, without having to make up for it with longer hours and wage cuts.

The initiative, bill AB-2932 Workweek, aims to formally change the workweek from 40 hours to 32 hours—a change that some companies across the state and the country have already experimented with in recent years, with encouraging results.

Here's a list of all the companies in the U.S. which have already trialed a four-day week—and those who have made it a permanent option offered to their staff.

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A calendar with four days pinned. Over 30 companies across the U.S. has already experimented or permanently introduced a four-day workweek for their employees. Getty Images

1. Awin

Affiliate marketing platform Awin launched its first six-month trial of a 4.5-day workweek in December 2020. From early 2021, the company announced its entire team around the world was moving to a four-day workweek with no reduction in salaries.

"With staff wellbeing at the forefront of our minds, we have been experimenting with a more modern approach to work focusing entirely on outcomes rather than a more traditional input measurement," Adam Ross, Awin's chief operating officer, said in 2021.

"The four-day week is the culmination of this and offers Awin and ShareASale staff the opportunity to spend time with family, focus on a passion or engage in additional learning so the time they do spend at work is the most productive it can be. Using a mixture of technology, teams in multiple time zones and an agile mentality, we will do this while maintaining our usual service."

2. Basecamp

The Chicago-based software company has a seasonal policy of working four-days a week for a total of 32 hours in summer, from March 1 through August 31. Basecamp calls it "summer hours," and has had this policy since 2008.

"Keeping Summer Hours hones our prioritization skills and breathes fresh energy into our work," reads a statement from company employee Kris Kniles.

"Removing a day each week forces you to prioritize the work that really matters, and let the rest go. It's not about working faster, but learning to work smarter."

3. Bit.io

The San Francisco-based software company has launched a trial for a four-day, 32-hour workweek since it was established in 2019. The policy has proven so successful that the company has kept it running.

"Our team is just as productive in four days as they were in five, and have time to spend time with their families, work on creative projects, and travel," a statement from founder Jonathan Mortensen reads.

4. Bolt

San-Francisco based Bolt launched a four-day workweek pilot in autumn 2021, and decided to make the shorter week permanent at the end of the three-month pilot.

"I believe a four day workweek isn't an 'if' for most companies, it's a 'when.' In true Bolt spirit, we didn't wait around to follow others—we put our money where our mouth is," tweeted founder Ryan Breslow in 2021. "I'm honored to lead the company this way and can't wait to share the results along the way."

Breslow said the trial had proven to heighten employees' productivity, engagement and wellbeing.

5. Boulder County, CO

After a four-month trial, all Boulder County Clerk & Recorder offices adopted a four-day workweek in May 2021, deciding to close its offices to the public on Fridays.

"We started it as a pilot here in Boulder County, as we wanted to gauge our public and staff response to the new days and hours of operation," Boulder County Clerk Molly Fitzpatrick said in a statement, quoted by the Daily Camera.

"After two months in, we surveyed staff and the response was overwhelmingly in support of continuing the new schedule. Additionally, the public response has been substantially more positive than negative. The main feedback we've heard from residents is how they can now get to our office for quick trips before going to work themselves."

6. Bunny Studio

The freelancing platform introduced a first trial in summer 2020 and is now carrying it on as a "continuing experiment."

According to Maika Hoekman, head of people operations, the company "wanted to create a long weekend or at least one extra day within the week where our team members could breathe."

The trial produced positive results, so much so that the company kept growing in their KPIs, their revenues and the number of clients.

7. Buffer

The company launched a four-day workweek in May 2020 as a one-month trial, which was then extended to a six-month-trial and was later made permanent.

Back in May 2020, CEO Joel Gascoigne said the experiment was about "well-being, mental health, and placing us as humans and our families first."

Almost two years after introducing the trial, the company ran an internal survey that showed that most of the employees were working four days a week, with 91 percent of those doing so reporting being happier and more productive, and 84 percent of the team was able to complete all their work for the week in four days.

8. City of Morgantown, WV

In July 2020, most Morgantown city employees moved to a four-day work schedule as part of a pilot offering workers to spend more time with their families and relax. No feedback or follow-up on the trial is available online.

9. DNSFilter

DNSFilter, a company specialized in cybersecurity, piloted a four-day workweek in summer 2021 and then decided to keep it as a permanent policy. Employees are allowed to work a 32-hour workweek with no cuts in wages or benefits, with two groups rotating to take Fridays off so that everyone has two weekends off per month.

The company's employees have also always been allowed to work remotely.

10. D'Youville

In January, all employees of the Buffalo-based college adopted a 32-hour workweek, with pay and benefits remaining the same.

"The world of work has changed, and we can't go back," said Lorrie Clemo, D'Youville's president, per The Buffalo News. "This is a multifaceted employee health and wellness initiative, which we believe will ultimately benefit our students, employees, the institution and our community."

There's no follow up on the trial.

11. Elephant Ventures

Software engineering studio Elephant Ventures introduced a four-day workweek trial that had their employees work 10-hour days Monday to Thursday. The shorter week was then introduced as a fixed feature of the company.

"We'd long observed 20 - 30 percent productivity boosts from our Manila team that works a 4-Day Work Week," the company said in a statement. After the 2020 trial was introduced in the U.S., they observed that "after three-day weekends, our team came back with renewed focus and energy and we had a great week."

12. Emtrain

Sacramento-based software company Emtrain introduced their first four-day workweek trial in August 2021 and it then implemented it as a permanent feature.

"We did it in part because of some early signs of employee retention issues," Emtrain President Odessa Jenkins said. "But mostly because, as a company that helps businesses measure and improve company culture, we knew better than anyone that the last two years have had a dramatic impact on people's relationship with work."

In a recent employee survey, Jenkins said that 82 percent of Emtrain employees reported experiencing better health and mental well-being. Nearly three fourths said they experienced less unproductive stress during the day.

"And yet, productivity has not suffered. More than 90 percent of our employees say they are able to meet their high-priority work milestones during the four day workweek," said Jenkins.

13. Fifth Tribe

Digital agency Fifth Tribe introduced the shorter week for a bi-weekly trial in fall 2020. Newsweek has contacted the company to learn how the trial went.

14. G2i

"What originally felt like a farfetched dream is becoming a reality," reads a statement on the four-day workweek on G2i's website. The company introduced the shorter week in September 2021 and it reported that it did well for its employees.

"The four day work week undoubtedly changed G2i for the better. Developer health (and the health of all employees and contractors) lies at the heart of what makes G2i the company that it is today," a statement on the company's website reads.

15. GoLinks

San Jose-based enterprise link management solution GoLinks introduced a four-day workweek in February this year and it's now a feature offered to all remote employees to "support" their "physical and mental health and well-being."

16. GooseChase

GooseChase—an app that allows you to go on real-world scavenger hunts—introduced a four-day workweek trial between June and August 2021, giving employees Fridays off under the initiative called "Flock Fridays."

At the end of the trial, GooseChase ran a poll that found that 78.6 percent of people reported that their individual productivity had increased, while nobody felt that their individual and team's productivity had taken the brunt of the diminished hours of work.

The company reported some challenges, especially for employees working in customer facing roles, but an overwhelming majority of GooseChase's employees voted to continue operating on a four-day workweek.

17. Justuno

Justuno, a company focused on AI conversion rate optimization, introduced a 32-hour four-day workweek as a permanent policy in January to fight burnout and the negative impact of COVID-19 on employees' wellbeing.

"Work shouldn't suck. Sunday scaries shouldn't define your weekend," reads a statement on the company's website. "And the burnout everyone is feeling from the continued impact of COVID-19 isn't something we want to contribute to. Rather, we want to encourage our team to take care of themselves, decompress, and focus on the life side of work-life balance."

18. Kickstarter

The crowd-funding platform launched a four-day workweek trial in early April, where employees will only have to work Monday to Thursday and can take Fridays off.

"The point of the pilot really is to put some constraints on ourselves to challenge some of the norms that we have in how we work," Kickstarter's former CEO Aziz Hasan told Time.

"If we can put the right set of small constraints in front of the team, then we really need to allow them to be the ones who are giving us the feedback and understanding what's working, what's not working. Very big on my mind is that it's going to work differently for different teams."

19. Knowledge Futures Group

Massachusetts-based Knowledge Futures Group, an independent non-profit that builds infrastructure created as a partnership between MIT Press and MIT Media Lab, ran a 32-hour workweek trial in July 2021.

"Our trial went very well, and it is now a permanent feature of our company," a company spokesperson told Newsweek. In survey conducted since the trial was implemented, Knowledge Futures Group has seen "durable decreases in self-reported hours worked, increases in job satisfaction and feelings of connection to coworkers," together with "sustained or even increased productivity, despite working fewer hours."

The company reported exceeding most of their quantitative goals for user growth and fundraising since the shorter workweek has been implemented.

20. Minimal

Design and engineering firm Minimal launched a seasonal four-day workweek in July 2020 at the height of the pandemic.

Not much information is available online about their policy, so Newsweek has contacted the company to learn more.

21. Monograph

This San Francisco-based software company has had a four-day workweek since its founding. Monograph said that over time the shorter week has proven to be "a net positive gain for our business."

22. Nectafy

The company initially started implementing half-day Fridays and a 36-hour workweek, and then decided to permanently reduce the workweek to four days only in 2020.

"After more than a year on a four-day workweek, productivity and profitability are similar, and all employees have stayed with the company and noted positive impacts on their lives," the company said.

23. Praytell

Brooklyn-based communications agency Praytell started a five month-long four-day workweek pilot in October 2020, after which Praytell decided to pause the experiment until a later date when the company would have been more stable.

24. Primary

Online children's retailer Primary experimented with giving its employees Friday off in May 2020 and extended the policy permanently in December of the same year.

25. Shake Shack

Shake Shack, which has its headquarters in New York, began experimenting with a four-day workweek without reducing employees' wages in 2019, but paused the program in September 2021 for general managers due to the pandemic.

Newsweek has sent the company an enquiry about restarting the program for all Shake Shack employees.

26. Starship

After experimenting with giving employees the first Friday of the month off, San Francisco-based tech company Starship introduced a 32-hour workweek in January as a permanent policy.

"Today we've decided to take this experiment a step further by instituting a four-day workweek. Starting next year, all Fridays will be treated like another weekend day. That means more time with family and friends, and more time to recharge and bring that back to work on Monday," wrote CEO Sean Engelking on LinkedIn.

27. The Financial Diet

The Financial Diet, an online platform to discuss everything finance, switched to a four-day workweek in November 2021 and "never looked back," wrote the company's founder Chelsea Fagan in a tweet on November 23.

28. The Wanderlust Group

The company introduced a permanent 32-hour workweek in July 2020, doing away with Mondays instead of giving its employees Fridays off like most other companies.

The Wanderlust Group said that the company has grown revenue by 100 percent since introducing the shorter workweek, as reported by the HR Locker podcast.

29. thredUP

Online consignment and thrift store thredUP introduced a four-day workweek in 2021. In 2021, more than half of new hires who completed an onboarding interview with the company said the four-day work week tipped the scale in their decision to join thredUP, according to what the company told Newsweek.

In an employee engagement survey from 2021, 88 percent of thredUP's employees said the four-day work week was a positive change for the company. The pilot is ongoing.

30. Uncharted

The company launched a four-day workweek pilot between June 1 and August 28, 2020, which proved to be successful and was later extended to be a permanent policy of Uncharted.

"The executive team designed the four-day workweek and standardized the same day off for all employees—Friday. In terms of compensation, it was decided that employees would get 100 percent compensation for 80 percent hours," the company explained.

31. Wildbit

Wildbit introduced the four-day workweek as a seasonal initiative in 2017 and then made it permanent. The entire team of the company works four days a week for a total of 32 hours.

"Working a four-day workweek at Wildbit means four days of truly focused work where we solve hard problems and three days we have completely to ourselves to do whatever we need to recharge," reads a statement on the company's website. "Thanks to three-day weekends, our team is happier, more committed, refreshed, and ready to go on Mondays.

"Since transitioning to a four-day week, we've proven the naysayers wrong again and again. We've grown as a company, remained a strongly profitable business, and helped many other organizations recognize the value of focused work and the four-day workweek."

Update 4/20/22, 10:54 a.m. ET: This article was updated to include comment from thedUP and Knowledge Futures Group.