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Iceland praises four-day work week experiment

Source : 112 Ukraine

Both studies held in this country showed tremendous success of this idea
18:00, 6 July 2021

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The experiment of a four-day work week in Iceland seems to have proved quite successful. The respective study took place, involving more than 2,500 workers across the country, writes The Independent.

Two large-scale experiments offered to cut the working week to four days, with the salary size kept intact. The first research took place in Reykjavik in 2014-2019; during the experiment, the state officials worked for 35 hours a week instead of 40. The second experiment, organized by the Icelandic government involved 440 people who had their working week reduced, too.

Think tanks in Iceland and the UK joined efforts in their researches, which showed that the changes did not affect the productivity of work. Those involved in the studies said they felt more stimulated to plan their schedule right, and to improve the teamwork. People felt less stressed and more positive. They spend their spare time on sport and social life.

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According to Will Stronge, the leader of Research Department of Autonomy, the British think tank, both studies held in this country showed tremendous success of this idea.

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