The world’s largest trial of the four-day working week published its findings on Tuesday to claim its success as the overwhelming majority of participating companies announced they would continue with the new working model.
In the UK, a total of 61 companies from various sectors were involved in a six-month pilot scheme between June and December last year.
Run by non-profit 4 Day Week Global, the UK’s 4 Day Week Campaign and think-tank Autonomy, around 3,000 workers were guided through a reduced work week at the same pay as their normal five-day work week.
Professor Juliet Schor, lead researcher from Boston College, who was involved in the trial with the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, said: “The results are largely stable across workplaces of varying sizes, demonstrating that this is an innovation that can work for many types of organisations. works for.”
“There are some interesting differences, too,” said Shore. We found that employees in nonprofits and professional services had an average increase in the amount of time they spent exercising, while those working in manufacturing/manufacturing experienced an increase in burnout and sleep problems. The greatest shortcoming enjoyed.”
The overall results show that nearly every organization plans to stick with the four-day post-week test, with 91 percent definitely continuing or planning to continue, and a further 4 percent toward continuing. is bowing down Only 4 percent of participants said they are not going to put up with the shorter weeks.
The companies gave their experience of the tests an average of 8.5 out of 10, with business productivity and business performance each scoring 7.5 out of 10. While absenteeism decreased, the findings show.
Meanwhile, the health and well-being of employees also improved, with significant increases seen in physical and mental well-being, time spent exercising, and overall life and job satisfaction. Rates of stress, burnout, and fatigue fell, while sleep problems subsided. The environmental results were also encouraging, according to the researchers, reducing commuting time to the entire sample by half an hour per week.
“While both men and women benefit from the 4-day week, women’s experience is generally better. It’s a matter of burnout, life and job satisfaction, mental health, and less commute time. Encouraging Look From, there appears to be a burden of non-work duties. “With more and more men taking on household chores and childcare, there has to be a balance,” said Dr. Dale Wellhein, CEO of 4 Day Week Global.
Going forward, there are plans for the team to expand the pilot to other parts of the world.
“Our team is delighted to be expanding the arguments in favor of the 4 day week today with this new world-class academic research, and we look forward to adding our Australian pilot results to this data set and our European, South Looking forward to African, Brazilian and North American results in the coming months, said Charlotte Lockhart, co-founder and managing director of 4 Day Week Global.
Employers and workers in the pilot were provided with access to the expertise, tools and resources, such as workshops and mentoring, that the researchers felt would be needed to run a smooth and successful trial.
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