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

The UK was offered a four-day trial.

Long-time supporters of a shorter work week argue that it will increase life satisfaction without affecting productivity. This week, the UK was the latest country that has been influenced by the idea.

It will begin a six-month-long experiment in which it will offer a four-day work week to firms. Staff will receive the same pay, but for fewer hours. Their productivity will also be monitored. 

Canon is one among the approximately 30 companies participating in the trial. It is being run by researchers from Cambridge and Oxford universities. Academics are looking for other companies to join the trial.

Joe O’Connor, manager of 4 Day Week Global, a campaign group that pushed for the trial, said: “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.”

The UK isn’t the only place flirting with a four-day week. Spain is testing the concept with select companies, while Scotland is planning to start its own pilot.

Here are 10 compelling reasons to have a shorter week. 

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