Most UK companies participating in a program to test the 4-day work week will maintain the work schedule after the trial is over.
More than 70 companies are participating in the program, where employees work 80% of their normal working hours while maintaining the same salary. Started three months ago, the project should continue for three months.
Preliminary data show that productivity has been maintained or improved in most companies.
However, some traditional businesses say the change is “difficult”.
The test is being carried out by 4 Day Week, an organization that promotes a short working week, with the research department Autonomy and researchers from the universities of Cambridge and Oxford.
“We are learning that for some people it is a positive change and for some there are some understandable problems – especially among those who have assimilated and are not bound by the practices, systems and cultures that have returned from the last century,” says Joe O’Connor. , CEO of 4 Week Global, which runs the program in several countries.
Of the 73 groups in the experiment, 41 groups responded to a preliminary survey. About 86% of respondents said they would stick to the four-day-a-week policy after completing the test.
The majority of companies said that the change was working well for their business, while 95% said that productivity remained the same or improved with the shortened week.
More than 3,300 workers will receive one day of pay per week during the trial period.
The 4 Day Week said workers benefited from lower travel costs and less spending on childcare or childcare – it said workers with two children would save around £269.36 in one month.
“A four-day week without a pay cut is critical to supporting workers’ livelihoods for years to come,” said Will Stronge, research director at Autonomy.
The organization Waterwise, which is working to reduce the amount of water used in the UK, is one of the participants in the trial. According to the company, its team has taken a long time to get used to it, but now it is “very happy”.
“It’s not just the flowers at first,” says Waterwise Managing Director Nicci Russell. “But there hasn’t been much change. Some weeks are easier than others, but we’re handling it better now than when we started.”
“We really love the time to rest and get back to work. It’s great for our quality of life and we’re better off,” said the director.
The UK trial is part of an international program that includes trials in the US, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
– This text was published at https://www.bbc.com/portuguese/internacional-62963112