Having less stressed and happy employees increases productivity. The Scottish executive may have thought so before proposing a revolution of the working week from Monday to Thursday. A project aimed at reducing the working hours of employees without affecting productivity but increasing it, according to recent surveys from other countries. On behalf of the Scottish Government, he pointed out that this is currently a pilot project, which may be extended to the entire country. The flexible working requirements around the world have certainly changed after COVID-19 influenced the Scottish decision. Perhaps a study by the World Health Organization also highlighted in May that: “We work too much in the world and it seriously harms the health of workers”.
4 day work week. Where does it work?
The first experiment was conducted in Iceland between 2015 and 2019. Result? Incredible success with high productivity and equal pay for workers as before. Similar initiatives have been taken by South Korea and Japan as well as New Zealand. Talking about the country with the rising sun, Microsoft was at the fore. In August 2019, he offered employees to work 4 hours a day. Productivity is unexpectedly 40%. It was decided to proceed differently in other states. For example, in Sweden you work 6 hours a day. Denmark has 33 working hours per week.
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