UK Launches Four-Day Work Week Trial

The United Kingdom has launched a four-day work week trial, the world’s biggest attempt to introduce a new work scheme with no loss in pay.

More than 3,300 workers at 70 companies participated in the trial that would last for six months.

Not-for-profit group 4 Day Week Global, with various research organizations, organized the 4 Day Week Campaign, basing it on the 100:80:100 model. Workers would receive 100 percent of their salary at 80 percent of the time to maintain 100 percent productivity.

“The four-day week is generally considered to be a triple-dividend policy—helping employees, companies, and the climate. Our research efforts will be digging into all of this,” said Juliet Schor, the trial’s lead researcher and sociology professor at Boston College.

Researchers would measure the impact of the trial on the employees’ productivity and well-being, the environment, and gender equality.

Joe O’Connor, chief executive of 4 Day Week Global, said that the “reduced-hour [and] output-focused working” would give companies a competitive edge.

Some companies that participated in the trial campaign included education, consultancy, housing, skincare, building, and construction recruitment services, food and beverages, and digital marketing industries.

Spain and Scotland would also participate in the four-day work week trial later this year.

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