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U.K. Firms Testing 4-Day Week; Workers Give it a Thumbs Up

Cheapism Logo By Jeff Rindskopf of Cheapism | Slide 1 of 28: The five-day, 40-hour workweek is a way of life most of us don’t get to question, but it wasn’t always like this. It’s actually the lingering result of industrialization and struggles between moneyed interests and workers’ rights, meaning it’s not necessarily the best for us as individuals or a society. There’s been a recent groundswell of support for four-day schedules based on the notion they would bring boosted productivity, lower costs, and higher satisfaction levels among clients and staff, and the COVID pandemic’s shift toward remote work and flexible schedules gave it a boost. In the U.K., some 70 organizations recently started a massive six-month pilot program and are already noticing a difference. Find out what that experiment has turned up so far and what other initiatives have discovered, too. Related: Remote Work and Other Job Benefits You Shouldn't Overlook

Four the Better

The five-day, 40-hour workweek is a way of life most of us don’t get to question, but it wasn’t always like this. It’s actually the lingering result of industrialization and struggles between moneyed interests and workers’ rights, meaning it’s not necessarily the best for us as individuals or a society. There’s been a recent groundswell of support for four-day schedules based on the notion they would bring boosted productivity, lower costs, and higher satisfaction levels among clients and staff, and the COVID pandemic’s shift toward remote work and flexible schedules gave it a boost. In the U.K., some 70 organizations recently started a massive six-month pilot program and are already noticing a difference. Find out what that experiment has turned up so far and what other initiatives have discovered, too. 

Related: Remote Work and Other Job Benefits You Shouldn't Overlook

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