33 companies tested a 4-day work week. Neither plans to go back – Thelocalreport.in

(NEXSTAR) — One day less work, not a dollar less pay: For an employee, what is it not to love? But even employers like the idea, a recent test of about 30 companies shows.

Thirty-three companies employing around 1,000 people in the US, Ireland and Australia decided to test a 32-hour, four-day work week as part of a six-month pilot program designed by the non-profit 4 Day Week. Global and professors from Boston College. The test instructed “employees to work 80% of their regularly scheduled hours in exchange for 100% of their salary and a commitment to deliver 100% of their standard output.”

Of those that participated, 27 companies decided to share their thoughts, and the results came in this week:

Eighteen companies say they definitely plan to continue with a four-day week, seven intend to continue but have not finalized plans, one company “inclined to continue” and another “not sure yet.” None of the participating companies said they were inclined to stop or switch back.

The overall average employee rating was 9.1 out of 10, 4 Day Week Global said in its final report. About 97% said they wanted to continue with the trial. Employees cited improved stress, burnout, work-life balance, and physical health as reasons they preferred the shorter week.

Seventy percent of employees surveyed said they would need a 10% to 50% pay increase to consider going back to a 40-hour week.

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