Jun 6, 2022 - Economy

World's largest test of four-day work week begins in U.K.

Commuters walk along a sidewalk in London, UK, on Monday, June 6, 2022. Photo: Jason Alden/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The world's largest trial of a four-day work week started in the United Kingdom on Monday.

Driving the news: In the six-month trial, more than 3,000 employees will work four days a week for the same pay.

  • The trial is a collaboration between nonprofit 4 Day Week Global, the 4 Day Week Campaign and independent research organization Autonomy.

The big picture: Previously, the largest four-day work week trials were conducted in Iceland with 2,500 employees from 2015 to 2019, according to CNN.

  • The trials found an increase in employee wellbeing without a drop in productivity, CNN reported.

Yes, but: The four-day work week remains far from becoming the norm.

  • In January 2022, only 1,700 jobs for every one million posted on Indeed.com advertised a four-day work week.
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