UK begins testing 4-day work week

UK started testing 4-day work week

The project, which involves 70 companies and more than 3,300 employees, started on Monday, June 6, and will last for six months. The experiment is being conducted by the Autonomy think tank, the UK-based 4 Day Week campaign, and researchers from the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, and Boston College. The concept of the pilot project is that workers will receive 100% of wages for 80% of normal working hours. They are expected to maintain the same level of performance.

“As we emerge from the pandemic, more and more companies are recognizing that the new frontier for competition is quality of life, and that a shorter, result-oriented workday is a means of giving them a competitive advantage, », — 4 Day Week Global CEO Joe O'Connor said in a statement.

The pilot project involves completely different companies — from large corporations to online retail, food, beverage and hospitality services, digital marketing and more.

Researchers will track and measure the impact of the new schedule on productivity, as well as well-being and “happiness quotient”. workers, environmental impact and gender equality. Similar pilot projects, backed by local governments, are expected to begin later this year in Spain and Scotland.

This is not the first time a reduction in the working week has been considered. Last year, Iceland released the results of a four-year study of part-time work that ran from 2015 to 2019. They have shown that it really helps to relieve stress and reduce burnout. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also discussed switching to this model, suggesting it could help boost domestic tourism.

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