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7th September 2022

Four day working week

Some of the 3,300 workers taking part in the world’s largest trial of a four-day working week are sharing their initial thoughts

Less than two months into a six-month-long experiment involving 70 UK-based companies, a bank lending manager already calls it “life-changing,” saying it gives her more time to manage chores and care for her son and elderly parents. Another participant, a PR executive, acknowledges the initial adjustment was “genuinely chaotic” for her team, but they’re “fighting incredibly hard” to keep the new schedule going.

The trial is testing out a 100:80:100 working pattern: 100% of the pay for 80% of the time, in exchange for 100% productivity.

Participating companies will be able to decide whether to keep the new schedule or switch back at the end of November.