UK businesses are moving to a four-day workweek with 100% paid employees on probation, hailed as a “bold new way to work in 2022”.

UK companies are testing the switch to a four-day workweek, with employees still being paid in FULL.

Several countries have successfully trialled a four-day system over the last six years, and now the UK is trialling it.

People who work four days are less stressed and have a better work-life balance.Credit: Getty

More than 30 companies will participate in the “bold new way of working in 2022,” according to the researchers.

A new study shows that 78% of employees who worked four days a week reported being happier and less stressed.

The six-month trial will test whether workers can operate at 100% productivity 80% of the time.

And employees will be paid the same amount as if they worked five days a week.

The pilot project is led by 4 Day Week Global in partnership with think tank Autonomy, the UK 4 Day Week campaign and researchers from the University of Oxford, Boston College and the University of Cambridge.

Joe O’Connor, pilot program manager for 4 Day Week Global, said: “More and more companies are adopting productivity-focused strategies to enable them to reduce working hours without reducing wages.

“We are excited about the growing momentum and interest in our pilot program and the four-day week in general.

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

Many have pointed to the “overwhelming success” of the largest four-day, one-week test ever held in Iceland between 2015 and 2019.

Workers were found to be less stressed and had a better work-life balance, while employers saw no drastic drops in productivity or service delivery, according to the analysis.

Initially, the experiment included only a few dozen public sector workers who were union members.

But it was expanded to 2,500 public and private sector workers, representing 1% of the country’s workforce, as the trial progressed.

Police officers, health workers, teachers, vendors and council workers were among those who participated in the trials.

The test win, along with similar drivers in New Zealand and Spain, has put pressure on Britain.

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