The experiment, which is conducted by the American organization 4 Day Week Global together with Oxford and Cambridge Universities, as well as Boston College, began in July. Currently, half of the six months allotted for research has passed, and therefore the scientists decided to share the first results.
During the study, 3,300 employees at 70 UK companies switched to a four-day working week without losing wages.
Business owners participating in the study mostly positively evaluate the new work format, the scientists write in their press release:
88% of respondents said that a four-day work week works well in the format of their businesses;
46% of respondents say that the productivity of their business has remained at the previous level; the work of 34% has “improved a little” and 15% say they have started working “far better”; only 5% indicated that business productivity had fallen;
86% said they were ready to continue working in the new format;
“Organizations in the UK provide real-time data that is worth its weight in gold to us. In essence, they are shaping the future of the way work is done, coming to the four-day week in businesses of all sizes and in almost every sector, and telling us about their experiences,” says CEO of 4 Day Week Global, Joe O’Connor.
Join us on Facebook, Telegram and Instagram.