Changing up the traditional “workweek.” A new study shows shortening it could have real benefits for both employees and the company they work for. This was actually a pilot program that included more than 30 companies and over a thousand employees. For six months, employees were switched to a four-day workweek. It was such a successful experiment that none of the companies went back to the traditional five-day week after it was over. And employees overall reported being healthier, less stressed and more productive. “People who are in control of their own time feel more valued.” Bob Ryan is a licensed mental health counselor in Pinellas County. He says he wasn’t surprised by the study.