The four-day weekly trial in Iceland was “overwhelmingly successful,” leading many workers to move in less time, the researchers said.
A trial of paying workers the same amount in less time was conducted between 2015 and 2019.
According to researchers, productivity remained the same or improved in the majority of workplaces.
In Iceland, tests conducted by the Reykjavik City Council and the government ultimately included more than 2,500 workers, which is about 1% of Iceland’s workforce.
Various workplaces such as kindergartens, offices, social welfare companies, and hospitals participated.
The trial has brought the union to renegotiate labor patterns, and researchers say that now 86% of Iceland’s workforce will move or be entitled to shorter hours at the same wages.
Workers reported less stress and a risk of burnout, stating that their health and work-life balance had improved.
Will Stronge, Research Director at Autonomy, said:
“This shows that the public sector is ripe for becoming a pioneer of shorter working weeks-and lessons can be learned for other governments.”
Gudmundur Haraldsson, a researcher at Alda, said:
Spain is piloting four days a week for businesses, partly due to the coronavirus problem.
Unilever, a major consumer goods company, is also giving New Zealand staff the opportunity to save 20% of their time in court without compromising wages.
May, Report commissioned by a 4-day weekly campaign Platform London has suggested that reducing time can reduce UK carbon dioxide emissions.