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In Britain, a new test of an old dream: the 4-day workweek | World News,The Indian Express

In Britain, a new test of an old dream: the 4-day workweek | World News,The Indian Express

In Britain, the experiment began as employees trickled back to work after a four-day holiday honouring the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

Written by Christine Hauser

Thousands of employees across 70 companies in Britain started the first day of a four-day workweek Monday, a pilot program that is the latest test in the decades-long quest to scale back workers’ hours while they earn the same amount of pay.

The six-month trial was organised by the nonprofit groups 4 Day Week Global and 4 Day Week UK Campaign, and Autonomy, an organisation that studies the impact of labour on well-being. Researchers at Cambridge University, Oxford University and Boston College will assess its effect on productivity and quality of life and will announce results in 2023, the organisers said in a statement.

The program in Britain follows similar efforts in other countries, including Iceland, New Zealand, Scotland and the United States, where companies have embraced greater flexibility in work hours as more people worked remotely and adjusted their schedules during the pandemic.

“After the pandemic, people want a work-life balance,” Joe Ryle, the campaign director for the 4 Day Week Campaign, said. “They want to be working less.”

https://indianexpress.com/article/world/uk-four-day-work-week-7957094/


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