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A short week: in 18 countries people already work four days. This is where | Melina Gabanelli

Tests in US and UK companies

At the beginning of 2022, the first major scientific test took place monitored by researchersUniversity of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Boston College and coordinated by 4 Day Week Global. Thirty-three SMEs spread across the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland and the UK, which employ a total of 903 employeesThey decided to follow the 100:80:100 model. At the end of the trial period, on 27 companies were interviewedNone of them said they wanted to go back to the five-day week. Indicators showed that the experience was positive. On average during the test, the comp’s revenue is by 8%Absenteeism decreased (from 0.6 to 0.4 days per month) and resignations decreased slightly. From June to December 2022 a new pilot project Followed by the same researchers set out in United kingdom72 companies with more than 3,300 employees participated. These are banking, marketing, healthcare, financial services and retail businesses. Halfway through the trial period, 89% of companies said they were willing to continue the trial the following year. Productivity slightly improved for 34% of companies, significantly for 15%while the 46% He replied that the matter remained practically the same, although everyone worked one day less per week.

It could be the beginning of a radical changeBut imagine a society where everyone works for only four days left The virtuous city Because there are jobs, like In public transportation, health or emergency serviceswhich requires a permanent presence Seven days out of seven. It is in these sectors, where employees are always in demand longer boutsImplementationReduced working hours The alarm Staff increase And therefore Unsustainable costs.

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