Reply To: TPO1 Integrated writing — four-day workweek

April 28, 2021 at 2:36 am

The reading message[ passage  ] describes the benefits of implementing a four-day workweek policy to the companies, the [economy,   ]country[, as well as employees/the workforce.    ] and the employees, while the [ The  ]listening part [ , on the other hand,  ]opposes this practice.

First of all, the speaker suggests that corporate profits will decline [ after implementing this policy  ]. The reading part claims that paying four-day employees less and hiring more staff could ensure [ completion of  ]the same amounts of workload being completed without adding additional costs. However, hiring more staff could result in additional spending on training and [ ,  ]medical insurance[ , in addition to expanded office space and facilities, thereby reducing corporate profits  ]. Also, more employees require expanded office space and facilities such as computers. Such costs could significantly reduce corporate profits.

The lecturer also refutes the reading’s claim that the practice of four-day work [ practice  ]would reduce [ the  ]unemployment [ rate  ]rates. According to the reading passage, firms need to hire new staff to complete the [  outstanding/remaining work ]same task. But the lecture argues that companies [may  ]have substitutes[alternative options  ] to make[get  ] the work done. For example, businesses [they  ] can require four-day employees to work overtime in order to complete the five-day work. If so, the unemployment rate probably not [ is unlikely to ]decrease.

Finally, the speaker doubts[ questions ] whether four-day employees will[ would ] enjoy a better life. The reading message says[ states that ] four-day employees could spend extra time enjoying themselves. But [ , but ]they probably [ would ]suffer from potential [ risks, i.e., job instability or loss of promotion  ]disadvantages. One reason may be found when looking at their job stability–they are more likely to lose their jobs during an economic downturn. Moreover, they are less likely to get promoted than the five-day staff.