The debate on a 4-day work week has resumed in Scotland. After the Scottish Government in April announced its intention to allocate £10 million to fund tests at the company, the project accelerates with the publication of A survey of over 2,000 employees of the think-tank Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), Surveys show that for 80% of people reducing the number of work days, without cutting paychecks, favors personal well-being. In fact, 88% of those interviewed would be willing to participate in pilot projects While 65% believe that a shorter work week can increase Scotland’s productivity. The measure is particularly appreciated by young people, with 89 percent of respondents aged 16 to 44 in favor of the project.
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Funds and Uses
Compared to the fund for companies experiencing fewer weeks – currently announced only by Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon – IPPR said the government should commit to allocating funds to all sectors of the economy, Even those, such as manufacturing, where the transition to a four-day work week is more difficult. Rachel Statham, senior researcher at IPR Scotland, said: The Scottish Government is looking to experiment with a four-day work week, as evidence from today shows that a policy with overwhelming public support, can be a positive step towards building more people. An economy based on the well being of
Scotland could then take Path already traced by Iceland where there is now literature on a 4-day work week, In fact, between 2015 and 2019 The short working week in Iceland was really tested with excellent results in terms of productivity, About two thousand workers have gone from a 40-hour week to one of 35 or 36 hours without any feedback on quality on the work front. The final report from the Icelandic experiment highlighted how employees felt less stressed, happier and more willing to work for the company.
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