The UK's four-day work week trial, one of the largest in the world, recently concluded with overwhelmingly positive results. Of the 61 companies that participated in the trial, 56 said they are continuing with the four-day working week, with 18 confirming the policy is a permanent change.
The research indicated that 39% of the workers reported lower levels of tension after the experiment, and 71% of them experienced a decrease in burnout by the end of the trial. Employees also said they felt less anxious, less fatigued, and were sleeping better. In addition, companies reported a 57% fall in staff departures over the trial period.
Weighted for the size of the business, 23 companies saw their revenue increase by 1.4 percent over the course of the trial, while 24 separate companies experienced a growth of more than 34 percent from the same six-month period one year prior.
Particularly, women benefited from the additional day off. While both genders reported better outcomes, females experienced greater boosts around life and job satisfaction. Men stated that they have taken on more childcare and housework responsibilities; however, they still do not carry out half of the tasks.
A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge (U.K.), Boston College (U.S.), Autonomy (London-based think tank), 4 Day Week Global and the U.K.'s 4 Day Week Campaign conducted the study.
Joe Ryle, director of the 4 Day Week Campaign said, “This is a major breakthrough moment for the movement towards a four-day working week. Across a wide variety of different sectors of the economy, these incredible results show that the four-day week with no loss of pay really works.”
The results of the trial suggest that a four-day workweek is a viable option for many companies. With the boost in productivity, revenue, and morale, as well as the improved mental health and lifestyle benefits, the four-day workweek could become the norm.
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