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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Study from Great Britain: Four-day week doesn’t decrease productivity

Interesting result of a pilot program in the UK: Various companies there have tested a four-day work week – and most of them later said they saw no drop in productivity during the experiment and in some cases even a significant improvement saw.

positive study results

The experiment is supposed to last six months, and about half of that time has already passed. Employees of 73 companies will get one paid day off every week during this period. Of the 41 companies that responded to the survey, 35 said they were “likely” or “very likely” to consider continuing the four-day work week beyond the end of the trial in late November. All but two of the 41 companies reported that productivity remained the same or increased. Six companies even said that productivity has improved significantly. The study is being carried out with 4 Day Week Global, a non-profit group, a think tank, and researchers from Cambridge University, Boston College and Oxford University.

Over 3300 participants

As the study reports, the four-day week gave employees more time for “sports, cooking, time with family and hobbies,” which increased their well-being and made them “more energetic and productive.” new York Times. Participants came from a wide variety of industries, with a total of more than 3,300 employees in banking, marketing, healthcare, financial services, retail, hospitality and other sectors. It is being touted as one of the largest studies in this area to date.

Studies on a shorter working week are currently underway around the world, and a pilot project has already taken place in Sweden, more precisely in Gothenburg. There, too, it was eventually determined that the employees did the same or even better. Similar experiments are underway in the United States, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and Australia. Iceland published the results of its own study on the subject last year. “Overall, the results of the tests suggest that productivity and performance were maintained or increased by reducing working hours,” said the assessment at the time. More than 2,500 workers were involved in the experiment, about 1 percent of the workforce in Iceland. He had switched from a 40-hour week to 35 to 36 hours.

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