4-Day Work Week Gains Momentum
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As part of the employee retention strategy for many organizations, some companies are now seriously considering four-day work week as a way to entice employees to stay through a compressed work schedule (working 10 hours a day and 4 days a week), with the promise of longer weekends. Yes, it is a global trend that is gaining traction. For example, Iceland’s pilot program to a shorter working week that was published in June of 2021 by Gudmundur D. Harladsson & Jack Kellam, based on The Reykjavik City trial (2014-2019) and The Icelandic Government trial (2017-2021), shorter work week showed increased level of well being and decreased level of stress and risk of burnout at work. Microsoft Japan, the pioneer of this movement, also reported increase of 40% employee productivity resulting from the four-day week tested in 2019. Similar results were also discovered by Unilever New Zealand in maintaining competitive edge while increasing productivity and improving wellbeing at the heart of the 4-day work week. In December of 2021, California state Rep. Mark Takano even introduced a bill to implement the 4-day work week. So let’s take a closer look at various groups’ experience of this 4-day work week movement.
Seventy British companies are testing a four-day work week, in the video published as “By the Numbers: 4-day work week | ABCNL“, below:
In Sri Lanka, the government is toiling hard to pull the country out of the energy crisis and in the latest measure the cabinet has approved a proposal to declare Friday as holiday for public sector employees, in the video published as “Sri Lankan government approves 4-day week, declares Friday leave for public sector | World News“, below:
In case of Sri Lanka, 4-day work week is also a way to reduce problem in fuel and food crisis, in addition to increased efficiency and wellbeing usually associated with shorter work week.
Several U.K. groups have launched a pilot program to examine the benefits of scaling down the work week to four days with five days of pay, in the video published as “U.K. launches experiment to test 4-day work week“, below:
Would you be willing to work 4 days a week? An experiment in the UK is trying to prove it can work, in the video published as “Would you like to work 4 days a week? The UK is putting it to the test“, below:
Following a pilot scheme, British citizens will work for just four days a week without a pay cut for the next six months. Wondering if we in India too can follow the Britons? Let’s find the answer, in the video published as “TMS: Can India have a four-day a week working model like the UK?” below:
In the video published about 2 days ago, “Aussie company introduces four-day work week with all the pay|Today Show Australia“, below:
A Kiwi employer hopes four-day working weeks spread down to New Zealand as a major trial kicks off in the UK. He tells Rebecca Wright it’s an effective move to retain staff in 2022’s “hot” labour market, in the video published as “How shorter working weeks can help retain staff in ‘hot’ labor market – employer | Newshub“, below:
A more balanced work and personal life is definitely the healthier way in the future!
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