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Feb 23, 2024 | News

The UK will continue to operate on a four-day work week

A new report shows that most of the companies that took part in the largest four-day trial in the world are now operating a shorter work week after a year.

In total, 61 organisations participated in the UK trial. Of these, 54 still operate the policy (89%) while 31 have made it permanent.

When asked to comment on the impact of a shorter work week, 82% reported positive effects on staff well-being, and half reported reduced staff turnover.

Critics of a four-day work week have questioned if the positive effects reported in trials can be sustained over the long term. Juliet Schor is a professor of sociology from Boston College who led the UK trial. She said that new research indicates they can.

She said that “overall results have remained the same and in some cases have even improved.” “Physical, mental and work-life balance have improved significantly since six months ago. Burnout and improvements in life satisfaction remained stable. The improvement in job satisfaction and sleep problems has been slightly reduced, but the majority of the original improvement is still there.

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