What went right this week: the four-day week, plus more positive news

The mainstream was the four-day week

It may sound utopian to think that you can work less hours for the same amount of pay, but it is quickly becoming a reality for UK workers. 

A report released this week showed a sharp rise in the number of companies offering a four day week. Academics at the University of Reading’s Henley Business School surveyed 227 businesses, and found that 65 per cent had adopted shorter working weeks, compared to 50 per cent in 2019. 

These companies reported a higher quality work environment and were able to retain and attract staff. All of which helped firms save money — an average of £18,000 a year, according to academics. For employees, they reported feeling less stressed.

Dr Rita Fontinha, who was the leader the research, said increased interest in a four-day week was perhaps “the greatest silver lining to come from a pandemic.”

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