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U.K. Starts Four-Day Work Week Trial


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Researchers will look at workers' mental health and burnout.

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Thousands of U.K. workers started a four-day work week on Monday (June 6) with no cut to their pay in the largest trial of its kind.

The pilot, which will last for six months, involves 3,300 workers spanning 70 companies. During the program, workers receive 100% of their pay for working only 80% of their usual week, in exchange for promising to maintain 100% of their productivity.

The program is being run by 4 Day Week Global, a non-profit, and Autonomy, a think tank, and the 4 Day Week UK Campaign, in partnership with researchers from Cambridge University, Oxford University, and Boston College.

Calls to shorten the working week have gathered steam in recent years in several countries. As millions of employees switched to remote work during the pandemic, calls for greater flexibility have only grown louder.

Researchers will measure the impact of the new working pattern on productivity levels, gender equality, the environment, as well as worker well-being.

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