In light of the 4-day working week trial, productivity has maintained or improved at the majority of firms.
If introducing a 4-day week can allow people to maintain or improve their productivity levels, then does this suggest that a 5-day week is hindering our performance? 4-Day Week, who are running the trial, claim that working our current 5-day week is making us stressed, over-worked and burnt out.
4-Day Week said that employees had benefitted from lower commuting and childcare costs and claimed that a parent with two children would save £3,232.40 on average per year or roughly £269.36 per month.
However, the trial has shown that a 4-day week is also not appropriate for all types of businesses, so could a 4-day week becoming ‘the norm’ potentially negatively affect certain sectors.
There is still some time to go on the trial. The UK trial is due to end in December and is running alongside similar pilots happening in Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and Israel.