Research: 4-Day Work Week Trials See ‘Overwhelming Success’ In Iceland
4-day work week trials in Iceland have been deemed an “overwhelming success” by researchers in a brand new report.
“Employee wellbeing dramatically elevated throughout a spread of indicators, from perceived stress and burnout to well being and work-life stability,” the report launched Sunday said. On the similar time, “productiveness and repair provision remained the identical or improved throughout the vast majority of trial workplaces.”
“Trials have proven that shortening working hours can have a strong constructive impact,” the report concluded.
The examine, carried out by the Affiliation for Sustainable Democracy in Iceland and the U.Okay.-based assume tank Autonomy, studied 2,500 staff — about 1% of Iceland’s working inhabitants — in two main trials between 2015 and 2019. The trials “not solely aimed to enhance work-life stability but in addition to keep up or enhance productiveness,” famous the report.
There was no lower in pay for the decreased weeks of 35 to 36 hours every week.
The trials included quite a lot of workplaces, from conventional workplaces to preschools and hospitals, in 9-to-5 jobs in addition to in nontraditional shifts. They have been launched by the Reykjavík Metropolis Council and the Icelandic nationwide authorities in response to shorter work week campaigns by unions and social organizations.
The report additionally famous that 86% of Iceland’s staff have been now both working fewer hours or “gaining the correct to shorten their hours.”
The examine might perform as a blueprint for future trials in different international locations, the researchers famous.
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