A Four-Day Working Week Could Become A Reality For Three Million UK Workers

By Jack Saddler

Who wouldn’t want this to happen?

It feels like forever since the last bank holiday here in Blighty, but this week marks the much-anticipated Easter Weekend. Basically, it means we get to eat chocolate over a four-day weekend–and for two weeks, most Brits will enjoy a four-day-working week.

But, what if that last part was a reality, like, every week? Earlier this month, we told you about Spain’s plans to trial a four-day working week, which was met with many of you longing for the powers that be to give it a go over here.

Well, some of you might just have those prayers answered. A fresh survey has discovered that nearly one-fifth of companies in Britain are considering switching to a four-day working week after the pandemic. If they did all decide to make the leap, it would end up benefitting around three-million workers.

Charity Be The Business found that 18% are contemplating the move in a bid to adopt more flexible work patterns and improve employee productivity.

Autonomy, a think tank, are calling for these reduced working hours, and their director of research outlined some reasoning.


“All the evidence shows that moving to a four-day week is a win-win for both employers and workers – and this is why we’re seeing increasing adoption across sectors” he said. “The best way to create a better world of work after Covid is by addressing how we work at the shop floor level.

“Going for a four-day working week would bring huge benefits to workers’ mental health, which directly feeds into firm performance.”

Fingers crossed your workplace is part of that holy 18% considering the switch then, I guess. But for now, get that wonderful taster in over the Easter Weekend!

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