Riva Poor

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Connecticut Law Review is pleased to include this Essay authored by Riva Poor, whose 1970 book—4 days, 40 hours: Reporting a Revolution in Work and Leisure—played an important role in early experimentation with work weeks other than the traditional five-day, forty-hour week, experiments that today encompass nearly one-third of the United States’ work force. Drawing on her research for the book and on her many decades as a management consultant, this Essay outlines a multitude of contexts in which the needs of organizations, as well as those of their employees, have been better served by the organizations’ adoption of nontraditional work schedules. This Essay concludes that the critical insight to emerge from the last forty years of these newer work weeks is the reconception of an organization’s work schedule not merely as hours of work, but, far more importantly, as a management tool that can serve the specific interests of both an employer and its employees, and sometimes also of society.