Iceland has piloted it, Spain and the UK are trialling it, Japan has proposed it and the United Arab Emirates are set to announce it. Hundreds of companies across the world are starting to introduce it, including Panasonic, Unilever, technology company Bolt, and Durham-based Atom Bank.
We’re referring to the four-day working week – the “next, logical and long overdue step” after moving from a six-day to a five-day working week nearly 100 years ago, according to Joe Ryle, campaign director of the 4 Day Week Campaign.
The benefits are clear: improved work-life balance, productivity gains, reduction in sick days, and a healthier, happier workforce. There’s also environmental benefits due to reduction in carbon emissions. And from a recruitment perspective, desirable working patterns such as the four-day week can improve talent attraction and retention rates.
“A Be The Business survey found that up to 20% of UK companies are also considering it,” Joe explains. “It’s also gained a lot of political support too and polling shows it’s more popular than ever.”
A CMI poll this month revealed that 46% of managers report their organisation will be considering implementing a 4 day week in the future. Additionally three quarters of manages personally were in favour of a four day working week.
It’s no wonder: after a highly volatile two years, companies offering a shorter working week on the same pay will have the competitive advantage.
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