Full pay and productivity, but 80 percent of the time

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 06.59

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A four-day working week-six-month pilot program has been launched today in the UK.

Participating companies and organizations will try a four-day pay-free week for employees based on the 100: 80: 100 model principle – 100 percent of pay for 80 percent of the time, in return for a commitment to maintain at least 100 percent productivity.

The trial is organized by 4 Day Week Global in collaboration with the leading think tank Autonomy, 4 Day Week UK Campaign and researchers at Cambridge University, Oxford University and Boston College.

Global initiative

The UK pilot will run alongside similar programs run by 4 Day Week Global, which takes place this year in the US, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The governments of Scotland and Spain have also launched a four-day trial, according to a statement.

Researchers will work with each participating organization to measure the impact on company productivity and employee well-being, as well as the impact on the environment and gender equality.

Several studies have shown that moving to a four-day week increases productivity and worker well-being, organizers claim.

In fact, when Microsoft tried a four-day week without payroll losses at their office in Japan, productivity rose by 40 percent, they pointed out.

In November, Atom Bank became the largest employer with a four-day work week in the UK, with all 430 employees moving to a four-day 34-hour work week with no pay cut.

Joe O’Connor, Pilot Program Manager for 4 Day Week Global, said: “More and more companies are moving to productivity-focused strategies to enable them to reduce working hours without reducing wages.”

The four-day week challenges the current work model and helps companies move away from simply measuring how long people are ‘at work’, to a sharper focus on the output produced. 2022 will be the year that heralds this bold new future for work. “

Joe O’Connor

Meanwhile, Brendan Burchell, professor of social sciences at Cambridge University, explained that “with the social and environmental benefits of the shorter work week becoming clearer, grassroots support more widespread and technology available to maintain productivity, it’s time for more organizations to take the plunge and unravel. the practical.”

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