of the companies participating in our pilot programme, decided to continue
+ 35 %
- 57 %
RATES DURING THE PROGRAMME
COMPARED TO THE PREVIOUS PERIOD
after trying a 4 day week, employees felt the difference
HAD REDUCED LEVELS OF
Lower unemployment – incredibly, the UK suffers simultaneously from overwork, unemployment and underemployment, so a four-day week is an intuitively simple way to rebalance the economy and address many problems.
Increased productivity – numerous studies show that working fewer hours would boost the UK’s productivity.
Boost to tourism – with more free leisure time, the tourism sector would benefit from people taking more short breaks in the UK.
Better mental and physical health – more time to focus on our health and wellbeing, and prevent and address any issues or illnesses.
Gender equality – a more equal share of paid and unpaid work, including of caring roles traditionally ascribed to women.
Strengthened communities – more time to build relationships and care for children, elderly and disabled people.
A more sustainable lifestyle – more free time allows us to make environmentally-positive choices, such as cycling and walking instead of driving, and cooking with fresh ingredients rather than buying energy-intensive ready meals.
A reduced carbon footprint – research has shown that a four-day week could reduce the UK's carbon footprint by 127 million tonnes per year, which is the equivalent of taking 27 million cars off the road (effectively the entire UK private car fleet).