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4-day work week an “overwhelming success” in Iceland

The well-being of those who trialled a four-day work week was found to have “dramatically increased”, a recent report from Iceland found. 


“Trials have shown that shortening working hours can have a powerful positive effect,” the report read.


“Worker wellbeing dramatically increased across a range of indicators, from perceived stress and burnout to health and work-life balance."


And from an employer’s standpoint, “productivity and service provision remained the same or improved across the majority of trial workplaces.”


The study, conducted by the Association for Sustainable Democracy in Iceland and the U.K.-based think tank Autonomy, studied 2,500 workers — about 1% of Iceland’s working population — in two major trials between 2015 and 2019. 


Participants not only worked in traditional 9 to 5 office jobs, but some also worked non-traditional shifts in preschools and hospitals. 


Trial participants received the same pay for the reduced hours.


Researchers said the study could form a blueprint for other countries.


You can read the full report here.


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Published: 7 July 2021

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