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Companies said ‘yes!’ to a four-day week

A revolutionary Week of four daysPilot was approved by almost nine of the 10 participating firms. 86% said they plan to keep their new model.

The year-long research into the benefits and limitations of a shorter working day was conducted by 4 Day Week GlobalThis week, it reached its halfway point.

88 per cent of companies said it was ‘working well’, while nearly half revealed productivity had stayed around the same level, despite the drop in hours. Over a third reported a ‘slight’ improvement in productivity and 15 per cent said the boost was significant.

The pilot involves over 3,300 workers at 70 UK businesses, from small local businesses to large corporates. Employees will be paid the same amount, but will get three-day weekends. They must also promise to keep their productivity high.

4 Day Week Global CEO Joe O’Connor admitted that, for some companies, the model had not been without its teething troubles, but he said that most experienced “pleasing discoveries and outcomes.”

O’Connor said: “Essentially, they are laying the foundation for the future of work by putting a four-day week into practice, across every size of business and nearly every sector, and telling us exactly what they are finding as they go.”

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