The 4 day work week: A new way of working for the the UK?

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The 4 day work week. An experiment in wellbeing and productivity.

The Scandinavian style of working has hit the UK

It is an employee-led movement towards greater flexibility and ownership of their working time, and is a reminder that the modern workforce wants to be judged on output, not time at their desk.”

— Jack Latus, CEO, Latus Health

HULL, UNITED KINGDOM, December 16, 2022 / -- A number of businesses have been piloting a 4 day work week scheme after successful trial runs by several other countries such as Iceland and New Zealand where productivity increased despite a 20% reduction in working time. The scheme has been initiated by the 4 Day Week campaign, in collaboration with researchers from Cambridge, Oxford University, and Boston College, as well as the think tank Autonomy.

The researchers will measure employee productivity across the 4 day work week and compare this to previous rates during the 5 day work week, to see whether employees can be more productive in less time without cutting pay. But perhaps this calls for a deeper dive into the reasons why reducing the working week by a day can improve productivity. There is something fundamentally wrong if a person can produce more work in 4 days than 5, and this needs looking at in terms of how people are working and motivated to deliver. With more employees than ever dissatisfied with their work-life balance and mental health due to work-related stressors, exploring options that make the workplace better for employees is definitely worth it. Whether that’s offering flexible, remote, or hybrid working, or even adapting to a 4 day work week.

"Navigating this issue can be extremely tricky in light of it being an employee-led movement towards a desire for greater flexibility and ownership of their working time, and is another clear reminder that the modern wo...

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