It’s Monday, which means you’re more than likely already longing for it to be the weekend again. If that’s the case, we’re sorry it’s still a long way off, but perhaps you can take heart from the fact that a trial of the four – day work week is being launched today. The downside: The program is currently only run in the UK.
During the UK’s six-month pilot program, which will start in June, staff at participating companies will work 80 per cent of their normal week for 100 per cent of their normal salary.
The trial is being organized by 4 Day Week Global, which is partnering with Brainstorming Autonomy, the UK’s 4 Day Week campaign, as well as researchers at Cambridge and Oxford Universities and Boston College.
The group wants to see what effect the adoption of the 100: 80: 100 model – the idea that you get 100 percent of your pay for 80 percent of your time, as long as productivity stays at 100 percent – has on employee output and well-being.
Joe O’Connor, a pilot program manager for 4 Day Week Global, said: “More and more businesses are moving to productivity-focused strategies to enable them to reduce working hours without reducing pay.
The four-day week challenges the current model of work 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 daring new future of work. ”
Companies that will be testing the four-day work week include the UK branch of camera company Canon, which is one of six UK companies to have joined the pilot so far.
Talk to The guardian, Ken Sutherland, President of Canon Medical Research Europe, said: “We recognize that work patterns and the focus we all place on our work-life balance changed significantly during the pandemic.
“As a responsive employer, we are always looking at how we can adapt our work practices to ensure that employees find their time with us meaningful, satisfying and productive. For this reason, we are eager to spend a week of four days. launch to see if it can work for us. ”
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