Iceland Successfully Tests 4-Day Work Week

Research revealed that people who work shorter hours a week became more productive at their jobs.

Director of research at Autonomy Will Stronge said that the result of the study was “hugely positive” as workers became happier with their work-life balance.

“The results are hugely positive. Workers from all sorts of areas of the public sector are incredibly happy with their work-life balance, spending more time with their families, doing more kinds of extracurricular activities — things like cycling, taking up new hobbies, and so on,” he said.

“It’s been an overwhelming success, as you might imagine … from the workers’ perspective, but also one from the employers too,” he added.

According to a large-scale pilot program in Iceland, people who work fewer hours per week are happier and more productive at their jobs.

Reykjavik and the Icelandic federal government collaborated with trade unions to assess the benefits and drawbacks of a four-day workweek.

Between 2015 and 2019, workers in the trials were paid the same amount for working fewer hours. 

According to the study, productivity in the majority of workplaces remained stable or improved.

Meanwhile, consumer goods giant Unilever is giving staff in New Zealand a chance to cut their hours by 20 percent without hurting their pay in a trial.


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