- 61 British employers with 2,900 employees trialled a four-day week with no loss of pay.
- Workers reported lower levels of stress, anxiety and sleep issues, and improved work-life balance after the trial.
- Average life satisfaction rose from 6.69 out of 10 to 7.56 out of 10.
- Firms needed to boost productivity by 12% to maintain revenue.
- The sample was relatively small and self-selecting, coming mostly from white-collar industries.
- Trade-offs between profits and wages may have to be accepted.
Campaigners for a four-day week can’t afford to slack off just yet
New research suggests that a four-day week regime benefits both staff and employers, but trade-offs between profits and wages may have to be accepted.