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In July, some 3,000 workers from 61 different UK companies embarked on the world’s largest four-day workweek trial. The six-month trial was organized by nonprofits 4 Day Week Global and 4 Day Week UK Campaign, and researchers from think tank Autonomy.
Well, the 6 months trial is over and the result is Proven to be widely beneficial For both workers and employers:
- Overall company revenue increased by 35% compared to the same period last year.
- Employee stress, burnout and sleep disturbance rates have reportedly decreased, and health and well-being have improved.
- Additionally, employees were 57% less likely to quit and 65% less sick.
“There are also some interesting differences,” said Juliette Scholl, an economist and sociologist at Boston University and the study’s lead investigator. in a statement. “Non-profit and professional services employees saw the greatest average increase in time spent exercising, with construction/manufacturing employees seeing the greatest reductions in burnout and sleep disturbances. ”
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While the majority (92%) of the companies participating in the trial have chosen to extend or permanently implement the four-day week, only 4% reported no plans to extend or continue.
Many of the employees who took part in the trial reported a significant improvement in their quality of life, with 15% saying they could work five days a week without money.
“Across different sectors of the economy, these incredible results show that a four-day week with no wage loss really works,” said the director of the Four Days Week campaign. Joe Lyle says said in a statement“Certainly, it’s time to start rolling it out across the country.”
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