The 9-to-5 Monday through Friday routine is pretty common for people in Fargo-Moorhead. But what if that could change?
Maggie Barrett has been working here at Kindred People boutique in downtown Fargo for the past two years.
Being a part-time student, a five-day workweek is unheard of for her.
"I'm like on 7 days, you know, I'm always doing work, school," said Barrett.
If a four-day workweek were possible, she would jump at the chance.
"It'd be really nice to have an extra day off just to live life and do my thing," Barrett said.
This concept might not work for everyone.
Torrey Young, a manager and bartender at Twist downtown, said a five-day workweek for him is nonexistent. So a four-day workweek would be nearly impossible.
"You've got a lot of mixed shifts for people. Managing is a little different; you are here usually at least six days out of the week," said Young.
For the bar business, he said they lose money every day they're not open, so closing an extra day is not feasible. Still, he's not against the idea.
"It would be beautiful, honestly, if you have it to where you can afford to have multiple managers and be able to swing shifts like that," said Young.
He said Microsoft's experiment with flexible work hours is a trailblazer for the future of the workforce.
"Instead of feeling like you have to have people working every day or, you know, 12-hour shifts five days a week to be productive, it shows that you can have less days and people will be more productive," he said.
Of 3,000 workers surveyed by the Workforce Institute, most of them said their ideal workweek would be four days or less.