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More Than 30 Companies Are Trialling Four-Day Work Weeks In The UK

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Thursday could soon be the new Friday as more than 30 companies are taking part in a pilot scheme to trial four-day work weeks. 

Anyone who works a regular five-day week will know how it feels to try and pack the weekend full of both productive and yet restful activities, trying to catch up on sleep, socialise, do non-work-related chores and wind down in a mere 48 hours before you’re back on the job.

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If we’re lucky, though, we could soon have one day more to work with as companies in the UK are set to trial the four-day week in a six-month pilot led by organisation 4 Day Week Global.

The trial is being conducted in partnership with the think tank Autonomy, the 4 Day Week UK Campaign and researchers at Oxford University, Boston College and Cambridge University, and will see employees paid the same salary for one day less of work.

Those taking part are being asked to maintain 100% productivity on the job, while researchers will work with each company to measure the impact of the four-day week on the wellbeing of workers, the impact on the environment and gender equality, as well as whether there is any difference in productivity.

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Joe O’Connor, the pilot programme manager for 4 Day Week Global, has explained that an increasing number of businesses are ‘moving to productivity-focused strategies to enable them to reduce worker hours without reducing pay.’

O’Connor continued:

We are excited by the growing momentum and interest in our pilot program and in the four-day week more broadly.

The four-day week challenges the current model of work and helps companies move away from simply measuring how long people are “at work”, to a sharper focus on the output being produced. 2022 will be the year that heralds in this bold new future of work.

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Trials will be launched in the US, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand alongside the UK pilot, with tech firm Canon among the companies taking part in the scheme.

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4 Day Week Global claims that reducing the number of days spent working will ‘improve business productivity, worker health outcomes, stronger families and communities, challenge the gender equality issue, and work towards a more sustainable work environment’, adding that ‘78% of employees with four day work weeks are happier and less stressed.’

The six-month trial is set to run between June and December, with participants promised ‘unparalleled access to the expertise, tools and resources you will need to run a smooth and successful trial.’

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Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University and went on to contribute to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming Senior Journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news, trending stories and longer form features.

Topics: Life, career, job, UK, Work

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4 Day Week Global
  1. 4 Day Week Global

    Welcome to the 4-day week pilot programme!