Today’s top trending news: Iceland’s trial of a four-day work schedule has been a big success.
From 2015 to 2019, the Icelandic government implemented a four-day work test, covering more than 2500 workers in about 100 workplaces, accounting for about 1% of the Icelandic working population.
Many people have reduced their working hours from 40 hours to 35 or 36 hours per week, but efficiency has not really fallen, and productivity in most workplaces has remained the same or has improved.
Workers report that they feel less stress and burnout, their health condition has improved, and they feel more positive and happy at work. In workplaces where happiness has not improved significantly, happiness has not declined either.
The person in charge of this study concluded: “The study has achieved overwhelming success. The time is ripe for the four-day work system, and other governments can also learn from it.”
Now the Spanish government and the New Zealand government have also started a four-day working day trial for the company…
I searched the Internet and found that this matter should be true. BBC Forbes has news. Not only is it a four-day work day, but remote working is also reported in the news. The news may not be specific enough. The following is a comprehensive research result: the article is too long, so I will simply say a few points: the location of the implementation is explained in’Developing the trials’. In the experiment in Reykjavík (the capital of Iceland), the first batch included two locations, one for the service center and the other for child protection. More locations will be added later, and more types of jobs will be included. However, in general, government-related jobs account for a relatively high proportion. The red line was the first batch, and the black line was later entered. 2. In the experiment of the Icelandic government, the salary has not changed. But it seems that working hours have not been significantly shortened. There is nothing to say about the rest of the details. I looked at it roughly and it was basically positive. What less pressure, more time to exercise, and productivity increase. The evaluation of the news reports was quite positive, indicating that the experiment should have achieved overall success. This result is not surprising to me. The vast majority of people in this world are definitely willing to work less and take more rest. Coupled with the causes of the foreign epidemic, this kind of work system will inevitably have a positive effect. However, from the research point of view, this experiment should have a greater relationship with the government (see the comment on knowledgeable science), and most of the experimenters’ work is mostly social and service-oriented. This is also well understood. The government has great financial resources and is able to bear losses even if it fails. Private companies are not the same. In implementing this kind of work system, superiors must consider risks, and employees may not be happy if their salaries are affected. Moreover, once this scheme is implemented, it will be difficult to change it back. If there is no obvious effect, it will inevitably cause dissatisfaction among employees, which is detrimental to the company’s development and reputation. In short, the results of this trial are quite convincing. The four-day work system can effectively relieve stress and improve work efficiency. This can be said to be the most ideal result. However, it is still too early to conclude that this work system will be adopted by global companies soon. I hope there will be more similar research published in the future, after all, who doesn’t want to work one day less a week.