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Thousands of UK workers begin world’s biggest trial of four-day week

by Siddhi Ashar, Jun 8
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From June 6, more than 3,300 workers at 70 UK companies have begun working four-day week with no loss in pay to be part of the pilot organized by 4 Day Week Global. This trial assumes 100% productivity in exchange for 80% of the time and includes participants from the local fish and chips shop to the large asset management firms.

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So what?

With the pandemic, companies are beginning to recognize the value of quality of life and the trial will examine the impact on productivity with employees having an extra day off to improve stress levels and life satisfaction.

Such a move can have a trifecta effect with the businesses, employees, and the work environment improving. We have emerged from the pandemic with a growing need to focus on our holistic well-being and companies must examine the significant effect they can have on the conditions of their workforce, both at the office and in their home lives.

With the Great Resignation in 2021, the world saw historic numbers of workers voluntarily walking from their jobs, and most blamed burnout, unreasonable workloads, and dissatisfaction. This shift to a 4 day work week could help alleviate these pressures and could be complemented by other policies such as hybrid working or access to childcare support.

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by Siddhi Ashar Spotted 26 signals

With a background in international studies and filmmaking, Siddhi works with the Futures Centre team to creatively push our current imaginaries and create more positive visions of futures rooted in equity. Her works centers around challenging common narratives and working agilely to bring forth more representative ones. Through her role at the Futures Centre, she focuses on the answering the question, how can better climate communication and visioning help stakeholders work together and act intently, empathetically and urgently?

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