UK tests 4-day work week in largest study to date

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Le travail à distance est devenu un succès retentissant pour les entreprises et les employés pendant la pandémie de COVID-19, à tel point qu’il a changé notre vision du travail et ouvert de nouvelles perspectives sur les meilleures façlinbr et profession d’ Private life. For this reason, a research center was launched. 4 days a global week To test the following changes: less work for a day, with no change in production and salary. After Iceland and Spain 1 . agoVerse June, the program was tested extensively in the UK in 70 companies of all sizes and in all sectors, with 3,300 employees in total. This experience will run until November. The challenge, at the end of this period, will be to measure the impact of this organizational change on labor productivity.

A hundred years ago, the work week would have cycled from six to five days. The reduction to 4 days represents a reduction in 40 hours of work per week to 32 hours for the same pay, same benefits and similar production. This may become the new norm if beta programs to achieve a four-day work week continue to gain momentum.

The UK initiative, led by the non-profit organization 4 Day Week Global along with other organizations, is being implemented in collaboration with researchers from the University of Cambridge, Oxford University and Boston College, which will specifically examine the impact of four days a week for workers, the company as a whole and the environment.

Historical tests, early stages of the project

4 Day Week Global was created by Andrew Barnes and Charlotte Lockhart to provide a functional platform for exchanges and resources to implement pilot projects for 4 days of workweeks. This idea was born as a reaction to the success of the program launched at Perpetual Guardian in 2018, in New Zealand.

This landmark trial, which was supervised by the University of Auckland, found participation levels increased by 30-40%, measures of work-life balance by 44%, empowerment by 26%, leadership by 28%, work motivation by 27%, and organizational commitment by 29 %.

Another experience, between 2015 and 2019, in which 2,500 workers in Iceland, more than 1% of the workforce, took part, was hailed as ” smashing success “, worldwide. Analysis of the results revealed a continued decrease in working hours or an increase in productivity in all sectors of the economy. The results also indicated an improvement in workers’ welfare and work-life balance.

Finally, note that Microsoft’s four-day, one-week trial in Japan in 2019 increased productivity by 39%. That is why Japan is considering with great interest the creation of this labor organization.

Model 100: 80: 100 at scale

So 70 British companies and more than 3300 workers started testing in 1Verse June, the four-day week with no loss of wages, as part of the largest pilot project ever staged in the world so far, for a duration of 6 months.

This new work organization is based on the principle of the 100:80:100 model, that is, 100% of salary in exchange for 80% of base working time, in exchange for a commitment to maintain at least 100% productivity.

Infographic representing 4 days of the week. © 4 Day Week Global

From ” fish and chips Local businesses to large UK companies offer a variety of products and services, from education to workplace consultancy, digital marketing, animation studios and more.

Researchers will work with each participating organization to measure the impact on the company’s productivity and the well-being of its workers, as well as the impact on the environment and gender equality. Juliet Shore, professor of sociology at Boston College and principal investigator on the pilot project, explained in a press release: Nous analyserons comment les employés réagissent à un jour de congé supplémentaire, en termes de stress et d’épuisement professionnel, de satisfaction au travail et de vie, de santé, de sommeil, de consommation d’énergie, de voyages aux et deres aspects from life “.

Benefits for communities and the environment

According to the founders of the project, the four-day week underlies many advantages for the company as a whole. First, productivity is increased across a wide range of industries, as mentioned earlier.

Secondly, employee welfare is improved. It has been shown, in historical experiences, that organizing new work results in happier employees, with higher levels of job satisfaction. Employees become more involved in business, absenteeism decreases, empowerment and initiative increase. These are critical assets in this period of change caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (the emergence of artificial intelligence), automation and digital technologies.

Moreover, while the primary goal is to give a clear answer regarding shorter working hours but more productively, the British pilot project also aims to encourage British companies to extend weekends to three days in order to increase the attractiveness of certain jobs, such as catering or social assistance. Indeed, over a 50-year period, the UK has seen an unemployment rate at its lowest, but also a record 1.3 million job vacancies.

Finally, Andrew Barnes, founder of 4 Day Week Global, says the climate crisis cannot be resolved without a global revolutionary change in the way people work. He said in a statement: We realized long before the pandemic that the five-day week was no longer fit for our purpose, and when we tested and studied the four-day week, it became clear that it was a necessary part of the solution to restore climatic balance. We can’t go on like we used to “.

In fact, the principle of giving all employees extra time off each week — whether it’s the same day for everyone or straddling across the workforce — is that it reduces, according to the researchers, 20% of commuting. As a result, energy expenditure in the workplace is reduced, resulting in lower carbon emissions for any company operating four days a week.

The government-backed, four-day trials are also set to begin later this year in Scotland. Another project was launched earlier this year in New Zealand and Australia. In France, only 5% of companies have adopted the four-day work week, while 64% of employees support it, according to a Forbes study.

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