Going Public: Iceland's Journey to a Shorter Working Week
From 2015-2019, Iceland ran two large-scale trials of a reduced working week of 35-36 hours with no reduction in pay. The results were analysed in a joint project by Autonomy and the research organisation Association for Sustainability and Democracy (Alda) in Iceland.
Public Sector as Pioneer: shorter working weeks as the new gold standard
A shorter working week in the public sector (with no loss in pay) is badly needed: burn out, work-related poor mental health and bad work-life balance plague public sector staff across organisations. As well as creating between 300,000 and 500,000 new jobs it could pioneer a new standard for all employment in the UK.
Burnout Britain: overwork in an age of unemployment
A report on the impact of Covid-19 on overwork, mental health and burnout. The report found that since the start of the pandemic, mental health has deteriorated further. In contrast to common narratives, this is because many are people working longer hours as a result of crisis, not shorter.