Iceland’s Shorter Workweek Trial Results

Image this: It’s the Friday after Labor Day weekend. It’s late afternoon. You’re wrapping up the workday, and unexpectedly it hits you — Rattling, I LOVE 4-day workweeks.

The thought has in all probability crossed your thoughts a thousand occasions: What would life be like if each weekend had been a 3-day weekend? Nicely, due to commerce unions and civil society organizations in Iceland, we now have a style of what that might truly be like.

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A report launched by the Affiliation for Sustainable Democracy (Alda) and UK-based assume tank Autonomy particulars the outcomes of two separate trials that befell from 2015 to 2019 and concerned greater than 2,500 Icelandic staff. The trials examined a shorter workweek, decreasing the usual 40-hour week to both a 35- or 36- hour week — with out decreasing pay.

The outcomes? Not shocking to actually anybody, individuals’ well-being improved. The shorter workweek helped cut back perceived stress and burnout and enhance well being and work-life steadiness.

However what may come as a shock to some is that even with much less time to do work, individuals’ productiveness remained the identical or improved in most workplaces included within the trial. In actual fact, the trial was so successful that 86 p.c of Iceland’s workforce has both moved to shorter hours or gained the best to take action. Woot!

This isn’t the primary time we’ve seen outcomes like this, although. For instance, Perpetual Guardian, a New Zealand-based firm, tried a 4-day workweek in 2018 and noticed a 20 p.c enhance in productiveness. Microsoft Japan did the identical in 2019 and noticed a 40 p.c enhance. All whereas bettering the lives of their staff.🥰 Seems like we’re onto one thing right here, individuals!

So, what now? Does this imply we’re all about to have Labor Day vibes each weekend? In all probability not. However some U.S. firms are keen to offer it a shot — together with crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, which instructed The Atlantic that it might pilot a 4-day work week in 2022. (BRB, checking if Kickstarter is hiring.)

We’ll preserve our fingers crossed that it goes nicely and prompts others to observe go well with. As a result of we may all use just a little extra R&R, work-life steadiness, and time with mates and fam.

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