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A four-day, 32-hour work week on trial in the UK

The working week runs from Monday to Thursdayor starts on Tuesday and ends on Friday, Working eight hours a day gives a total of 32 hours in four days, There are 3,300 employees from 70 companies in the United Kingdom who are conducting a trial with this in the second half of 2022. New pace of work and no loss of pay.

This is the largest ongoing study of the four-day work week, but it’s not the first. Microsoft Japan approved it in 2019 and has since been verified that Productivity increased by 40%.

In the United Kingdom, a six-month trial seeks to maintain 100% of Productivity and 100% of SalaryBut working 20% ​​less, the equivalent of a whole Monday or Friday.

Researchers to announce results in 2023 will also assess the effects of a four-day work week living standard Each of the 3,300 employees, once it is verified that the five-day standard work week, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is already old and has served that purpose. does not do what he initially accomplished.

Being coordinated by English pilot 4 day week globalin collaboration with a group of experts autonomy, 4 Day Week Campaign and researchers there Cambridge University, Oxford University and Boston College.

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English Pilot also offers workshops, mentoring, networking, and a wellness and productivity assessment, while promoting a better work-life balance.

In addition to Microsoft Japan, and always with the added goal of improving the mental health and well-being of its employees, a growing list of Companies in the US and New Zealand Changes have already been implemented.

For example, technology company Chicago-based BoltStarting this year and after three months of pilot testing, it has been permanently switched to a four-day workweek, which CEO Ryan Breslow says has made employees more time conscious and moreover, made less expensive. Work “at a high level”.

even in the state VirginiaAnd following a pilot program carried out in 2020, the city of Morgantown has completed its first year of a four-day work week, albeit 40 hours in total, meaning a 10-hour work day.

This change is not expected to happen on a large scale or soon after the US Legislature california In May, he rejected a proposed new work week for companies with more than 500 employees in the state.

A quick Google search for pre-coronavirus pilots reveals that in October 2018, about 250 employees of Perpetual Guardian, a company that manages trusts, wills and assets, started a work week 32 hours with four days During the months of March and April of that year, maintaining salary.

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There was a record in the whole country Lower levels of stress, higher levels of job satisfaction and a better understanding of work-life balance.

Company founder Andrew Barnes said employees can opt for a four-day week, and plans have already been put in place. legal inquiry To ensure that the new system is compliant with New Zealand law and working conditions.

“For us, it’s about getting our company higher productivity thanks for one greater efficiency In the workplace… it is not an inconvenience”, he says. “A good attitude is a requirement for everything to work, everyone must commit to making it and take it seriously long term viable model for our business.”

New Zealand’s Minister of Industrial Relations Ian Lees-Galloway called the results of the four-day work week “very interesting”, especially one 78% of employees said they could balance work and commitments at home and worker stress level decreased by seven percentage points.

factors like a sense of excitement, connectedness, and empowerment significantly improved at work and in general, life satisfaction increased by five percentage points, results that encourage Minister Ian Lees-Galloway to ask for more pilots for a later general decision

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