Rethinking work
: the influence of a four-day workweek on job performance in the construction industry

  • Bennet Struck (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


This study examines the four-day workweek (4DWW) and its effects on job performance in the German construction industry. The aim is to assess the impact of this innovative working schedule on employee performance in a sector known for its demanding working conditions. We used a qualitative methodology with semi-structured interviews based on a literature review. This allowed us to examine employee perceptions in the industry and provided insights into the impact of the 4DWW. The results showed that the 4DWW improves task and contextual performance, but the impact on adaptive performance remains uncertain. Notably, counterproductive behaviors are reduced, leading to an overall improvement in job performance. Although responses to work-related stress varied, they consistently showed positive effects on job performance. The impact of a 4DWW on work-life balance was mixed but generally positive for job performance. In addition, job satisfaction was significantly improved, and various implementation strategies and recruitment opportunities were identified. Overall, the 4DWW offers several benefits but also has complex effects on construction worker performance.
Date of Award31 Jan 2024
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorPeter V. Rajsingh (Supervisor)


  • Four-day workweek
  • Job performance
  • Job satisfaction
  • Job stress
  • Work-life balance
  • Implementation strategies
  • Shortage of skilled labor
  • Construction industry
  • Human resource management (HRM)
  • Resource based view (RBV)


  • Mestrado em Gestão e Administração de Empresas

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