Scotland wants to test 4-day work week – Utopia.de

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After Iceland and New Zealand, now Scotland also wants to take the 4-day week exam. The salary of the employees should remain the same.

A working world that existed before the pandemic might not exist anymore. Companies are increasingly offering home offices and countries such as Iceland and New Zealand are testing the 4-day week. Now Scotland is following suit and wants to launch an experiment in which employees can reduce their working hours to 4 days a week – with equal pay.

According to the test model, the working time can be distributed in working days, so it is not necessary to work only on 4 days. Some groups, for example parents, may particularly benefit from reduced working hours. Firstly, the Scottish venture is a pilot project in which individual Scottish companies are participating. Office companies are mainly involved, but companies in other sectors are also starting 4-day weeks on a trial basis, for example packaging company UPAC Group or building contractor Oroco.

expected high satisfaction

A 4-day week is a desirable work model for about 80 percent of employees, as BBC informed of. A longer weekend or more flexible working hours should make everyday life and work more conducive. A high level of employee satisfaction is also expected.

65 percent of employees believe that a shorter work week makes them more productive. Pilot tests so far have shown that the same output was given with a shorter working time.

New Zealand: a role model in terms of productivity

New Zealand is one of the pioneers in the 4 day week. Even before the pandemic broke out, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern argued that the four-day week would strengthen the tourism and leisure sector. According to Ardern, the extra free time increases spending in tourism – one of the country’s strongest economic sectors.

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After completing the test in New Zealand, the University of Auckland evaluated the results. It concluded that employee productivity increased by 20 percent. Also, there has been an increase in the number of people who consider their work-life balance to be good. It was also confirmed in Iceland and became known as the 4-day week. great success Rated.

Utopia says: Change is good and necessary – even in the world of work. It is wise to test old working models and try new ones. Last but not least, sustainability is an important topic in the world of work and business, for example the sustainable use of “resources”. Studies also show that satisfied employees: Not only are they healthier, well-being also has a positive effect on productivity.

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