These companies tried 4-day work week for months and are now sticking with it because of improved productivity
The world’s biggest four-day work week trial was underway until a few days ago. Now that it has officially ended, many companies are sticking with it after witnessing a huge boost in the productivity of their employees.
A vast majority of UK companies that took part in the trial have now opted to continue to work in the same pattern for the near future.
According to a report by The Guardian, 56 out of 61 companies that entered the six-month trial have decided to extend the four-day week. From this, 18 companies have made the working system permanent.
The study of the trial, released earlier this week, found that nine out of ten companies preferred continuing with the four-day work week after seeing a positive response from their employees.
The trails took place between June and December 2022, with participation from over 60 firms across the UK. Almost 3,000 employees were working one day less a week while earning the same income.
According to Autonomy, a British-based research organisation, the trail was the largest in the world.
Reuters reports that Autonomy covered 2,900 staff in total across different sectors, ranging firm finance company Stellar Asset Management to digital manufacturer Rivelin Robotics and a fish-and-chip shop in the coastal town of Wells-next-the-sea.
Majortity of the companies are sticking to it because the staff in these firms said their well-being and work-life balance had improved. In addition, data showed that employees were much less likely to quit their jobs due to the four-day work week policy.
It also revealed that staff members calling in sick was down 65 per cent compared to the previous year.
The idea of the four-day work week was reportedly introduced by non-profit group 4 Day Week Global. They pitched for it with an objective of boosting ‘business productivity, worker health outcomes, stronger families and communities, and challenge the gender equality issues’. All in all, create a sustainable working environment.
"This is a major breakthrough moment for the movement towards a four-day working week," Joe Ryle, Director of the 4 Day Week Campaign, said in a statement.