Staff at 30 UK firms will work a four-day week for SAME salary

Staff at 30 UK firms will work a four-day week for SAME salary as six-month pilot begins TODAY: Campaigners say it will create better work-life balancebut critics warn of more stress from squeezing more work into fewer hours

  • The trial will see staff complete the usual number of hours but over four days
  • 이상 30 companies are taking part in what some say is a ‘bold new future
  • Similar trials to be held in the USA, 캐나다, 아일랜드, 호주 및 뉴질랜드
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    Email stephen.wynn-davies@mailonline.co.uk

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    Staff working at more than 30 firms across the UK will work four-day weeks over the next six months for the same salary, as an experimental pilot gets underway.

    Campaigners calling for a reduction in the number of working days have said it will create a better work-life balance but critics have warned it will lead to more stress as employees attempt to squeeze more work into fewer hours.

    The trial, led by 4 Day Week Global, will see staff members completing the same amount of work, 그리고 까지 35 hours each week, but split over four days rather than five.

    While lockdowns have made a large number of employees reevaluate the tricky work-life balance, a proposed four-day working week has been designed to offer employees flexible hours and increase productivity during working hours.

    Joe O’Connor, pilot programme manager for 4 Day Week Global, said the concept will ‘herald in a bold new future of work’ ~ 동안 2022.

    Companies taking part in the trial include Big Potato Games, a board game company based in East London, Blink, a digital marketing agency in Norwich, and Charlton Morris, a specialist search firm.

    Campaigners calling for a reduction in the number of working days have said it will create a better work-life balance but critics have warned it will lead to more stress as employees attempt to squeeze more work into fewer hours

    Campaigners calling for a reduction in the number of working days have said it will create a better work-life balance but critics have warned it will lead to more stress as employees attempt to squeeze more work into fewer hours

    Morrisons and Unilever are are reportedly considering switching to a four-day week, while the British arm of camera company Canon is to take part in a six month trial run by academics at the universities of Cambridge and Oxford, reports the 보호자.

    Finance firm Atom Bank has already made the shift to the shorter working week.

    Similar experiments are due to be held in the USA, 캐나다, 아일랜드, 호주 및 뉴질랜드, while trials are already being conducted in Spain and Scotland.

    Researchers have been arguing that benefits to a four-day week would also see staff return a more efficient work performance for their employers.

    Several influencer agencies are already operating a four-day working week, including Engage Hub, whose employees will have either a Wednesday or a Friday off, rotating every eight weeks.

    In marketing, where jobs often offer higher salaries, workers deal with heavy workloads and competition, with many people working up to 60 포지션이 공표된 이후로.

    Sam O’Brien, Chief Marketing Officer at performance marketing platform Affise, 말했다: ‘Those working in marketing can have the stress of competitors and keeping up to date with the digital world, which has not been easy during the course of the pandemic.

    ‘The effects of the past two years have resulted in many extra hours spent isolated, 집에서, and looking at computer screens while sitting in uncomfortable chairs- extremely bad for both your mental health, vision and posture.

    In Iceland, a four day working week trial was carried out, including at Reykjavík City Council, 중에서 2015 과 2019 and labelled an 'overwhelming success' by researchers. 사진: Radhus Reykjavikur (Reykjavik's City Hall)

    In Iceland, a four day working week trial was carried out, including at Reykjavík City Council, 중에서 2015 과 2019 and labelled an ‘overwhelming successby researchers. 사진: Radhus Reykjavikur (Reykjavik’s City Hall)

    대유행 중, it was believed that introducing a four-day working week would boost high street sales by an estimated £58billion, according to Affise.

    Iceland’s four-day working week trial an ‘overwhelming success

    In Iceland, a four day working week trial was carried out between 2015 과 2019 and labelled an ‘overwhelming successby researchers.

    Workplaces that took part, including at Reykjavík City Council which ran the trial, moved from 40 hour weeks to 36 또는 35 hours with some reporting an improved level of productivity among employees.

    The trial eventually involved more than 2,500 노동자, equal to approximately 1 per cent of Iceland’s workforce.

    The workplaces included preschools, offices, hospitals and social service providers.

    Will Stronge, director of research at Autonomy, 말했다: ‘This study shows that the world’s largest ever trial of a shorter working week in the public sector was by all measures an overwhelming success.

    ‘It shows that the public sector is ripe for being a pioneer of shorter working weeksand lessons can be learned for other governments.

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    This is because three-day weekends would give shoppers 20 per cent more time to buy, and see an expected spending increase related to hobbies, gardening and DIY.

    Mr O’Brien added: ‘Starting a business takes a lot of time, 에너지, 돈, and creativity, and opting for a four-day week is one way many businesses choose to reduce expenses.

    8 월 2019, Microsoft Japan implemented a four-day week giving their 2,300 employees five Fridays off in a row.

    The company said productivity jumped 40 퍼센트, meetings were more efficient, and workerswho were also happiertook less time off.

    Nine out of ten employees at the company said they preferred the shorter working week and other benefits, 포함 23 per cent reduction in weekly electricity use, 그리고 59 per cent decrease in the number of pages printed by employees, which were also welcomed by employers.

    Mr O’Connor said: ‘More and more businesses are moving to productivity focused strategies to enable them to reduce worker hours without reducing pay.

    ‘We are excited by the growing momentum and interest in our pilot program and in the four-day week more broadly.

    ‘The four-day week challenges the current model of work and helps companies move away from simply measuring how long people are “at work”, to a sharper focus on the output being produced. 2022 will be the year that heralds in this bold new future of work.

    In Iceland, a four day working week trial was carried out between 2015 과 2019 and labelled an ‘overwhelming successby researchers.

    Workplaces that took part, including at Reykjavík City Council which ran the trial, moved from 40 hour weeks to 36 또는 35 hours with some reporting an improved level of productivity among employees.

    Finance firm Atom Bank has already made the shift to the shorter working week. 사진: Atom Bank's chief executive Mark Mullen

    Finance firm Atom Bank has already made the shift to the shorter working week. 사진: Atom Bank’s chief executive Mark Mullen

    The trial eventually involved more than 2,500 노동자, equal to approximately 1 per cent of Iceland’s workforce.

    While campaigners have been pushing for a four-day working week, critics have argued it would create greater stress for workers who would be attempting to squeeze as much or more work into fewer hours.

    Some say the concept would be impossible in customer facing jobs, 또는 24/7 operations including the NHS or emergency services where overtime payments would present an extra cost to employers or the taxpayer.

    A trial of the four-day working week in France, 예를 들면, found workers were putting in the same amount of hours even with a day fewer and companies were having to pay them for their extra time.

    The companies taking part in the trial

    3D Issuea digital publishing platform

    Advice Direct Scotlandan advice hub

    Autonomy an independent thinktank

    Big Potato Gamesa board game company

    Blink a specialist digital marketing agency

    CMG Technologies – 3D metal moulding

    Causeway Irish Housing Associationa not-for-profit organisation provind temporary accommodation for young single homeless people

    Charlton Morrisa specialist search firm

    Common Knowledgea not-for-profit building digital tools for grassroots organisers

    Crystallised a marketing agency

    Earth Science Partnershipa consultancy of engineers, geologists and applied environmental scientists

    Elektra Lightinglighting consultants

    Evolved search marketing specialists

    Four Day Week Ltda jobs site for four day week and flexible roles

    Geeks For Social Changesoftware developers, activists and researchers with a social agenda

    Gracefruit a cosmetics company

    Legacy Eventsan events management company

    MRL a specialist recruitment company for high technology and financial markets

    PTHR – Halston의 측근 중에서 가장 알아볼 수 있는 얼굴은 그의 스타일리시한 BFF Liza Minnelli입니다., development and change consultancy

    Punch Creativea digital marketing agency

    재부팅 a digital marketing firm

    Resilience Brokersworking to improve climate resilience

    Reward Agencya marketing agency

    STOP AIDSa HIV and AIDS charity

    Sinister Fish Gamesa board game company

    Social Enterprise Directa technological solutions company

    Softer Successworking with employees to prevent burnout

    T-Cup Studioshelping employee wellbeing

    Target Publishingan independent publisher

    Technovent a supplier of medical products for the body prosthesis sector

    The Circlehub for charities, social enterprises, community groups and businesses

    The UPAC Groupa packaging supplier

    Venture Streama digital marketing agency

    YWCA Scotlanda movement of women leading change

    flocc a digital marketing agency

    streamGO an events platform

    출처; 4 Day Week Global

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