More than 100 businesses across the UK – including a bank and a marketing company – have permanently adopted a four-day working week since the COVID-19 pandemic.
The organisations’ employees work fewer hours, between 32 and 35 hours a week, but are certified by the 4-day week campaign group to not be paid less despite working reduced hours.
In an effort to be attractive to future workersincrease employee productivity and well-being, employers are turning away from the traditional five-day week, deeming it outdated.
According to the 4 Day Week group, there are more than 2,600 employees in more than 100 organizations, including approximately 450 employees each in Atom Bank and global marketing company Awin.
Awin CEO Adam Ross said what was initially a trial measure has been “one of the most transformative initiatives we’ve seen in company history.”
“Over the past year and a half, we have not only seen a tremendous increase in employee well-being and well-being, but at the same time, our customer service and relations, as well as the relationships and the talent retention have also benefited.”
The 100 companies are separated from the 70 companies which currently employ 3,300 people test a four day week across the UK. The six month pilot the four-day week is due to end next month and the results will be released in the new year.
New employers are due to launch pilot projects in the new year, including the Scottish Government and South Cambridgeshire District Council.
Organizations from a variety of industries, including manufacturing, architecture, technology, retail, housing, marketing, construction and events, have been accredited over the past year and a half by the 4 day week.
Monday’s 100 Employers announcement demonstrates the success of the campaign, according to Joe Ryle, 4-Day Week Campaign Manager.
“It shows the momentum behind a four-day work week. We want to see a four-day week with no loss of pay become the standard way of working in this country by the end of the decade,” he said. he declares.
“With many companies struggling to afford 10% inflation wage increases, we’re starting to see more and more evidence that a four-day no-loss week is being offered as an alternative.”
Monday also saw the launch of the Work Time Reduction Center of Excellence in America.
The world first was set up to support research on the impact and feasibility of working time reduction and to partner with companies to design and customize a working time reduction roadmap based on the business and employee needs.