More than 3,000 workers at 60 companies across Britain will trial a four-day working week, in what is thought to be the biggest pilot scheme to take place anywhere in the world.
The debate on working time is one of the most salient topics on work and politics across Europe today, and there is a growing movement that is pushing for a more just distribution of labour and leisure time
California lawmakers are considering a bill to make the standard workweek 32 hours instead of 40 hours. If it becomes law, it will apply to workers in companies with 500 or more employees.
Which is better: A four-day workweek or five? Companies and governments around the world have been debating that question recently, driven by a tight labor market along with workers seeking more flexibility.
A British company is being applauded for moving the entire team to a four-day working week after the success of a month-long trial. Marketing agency Tribera says the trial during March saw a boost in productivity, wellbeing and morale within the team – all while still hitting their business targets. Now the agency has moved to a permanent four-day week schedule, with staff required to work Monday to Thursday, with no change in pay or benefits.
More than 3,000 workers at 60 companies across Britain will trial a four-day working week, in what is thought to be the biggest pilot scheme to take place anywhere in the world. Employees from a wide range of businesses and charities are expected to take part in the scheme, which will run initially from June to December, including the Royal Society of Biology, the London-based brewing company Pressure Drop, a Manchester-based medical devices firm, and a fish and chip shop in Norfolk.
It comes as the push for companies to adopt a shorter working week – crucially with no loss of pay while aiming for higher productivity – gains momentum as a way of improving working conditions. The pilot is being run by academics at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, as well as Boston College in the US, in partnership with the campaign group 4 Day Week Global, the 4 Day Week UK Campaign and the Autonomy thinktank.
Which companies are offering a four-day week as part of the trial? Sixty firms based in the UK will participate in the trial, but just 28 have agreed to be publicly named.
Some 72% of office workers in the UK said they would prefer a four-day working week, according to new research.