The U.K. Begins World's Largest Four-day Work Week Trial
It involves 70 companies
The UK has begun the world’s largest 4-day work week trial. Over the next six months, 70 companies will adopt the new work pattern. All workers involved will receive 100 percent of their previous pay, but with the added bonus of an extra day of freedom.
The scheme is organized by researchers from Oxford and Cambridge Universities plus the group Autonomy, who campaign for a shorter work week. Those participating hope the altered hours will increase productivity despite the reduction in hours, in line with multiple trials previously.
"The pandemic's made us think a great deal about work and how people organize their lives," said Sam Smith, co-founder of Pressure Drop Brewery in Tottenham, one of the companies taking part, in a statement to the BBC.
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