August 1, 2022 – For the past eight weeks, thousands of people in the United Kingdom have tested a four-day schedule – with no cut to their pay – that could help usher in a new era of work. Already, some workers have said they feel happier, healthier and are doing better in their jobs.
The extra day has made space for many workers to take up new hobbies, fulfill longstanding ambitions, or simply invest more time in their relationships. Workers on the trial have taken up cooking classes, piano lessons, volunteering, fishing and roller-skating, their bosses told CNN Business.
Researchers will measure the impact the new working pattern will have on productivity levels, gender equality, the environment as well as worker well-being. At the end of November, companies can decide whether or not to stick with the new schedule.