After the three-day July 4thweekend, lots of us headed in to what will only be a four-day workweek, and wouldn’t it be nice if that was always the case?
Well, according to a new study, it may be something employers should think about. Researchers in Iceland have been studying the benefits four-day workweek from 2015 and 2019 and the newly published results probably won’t be all that shocking.
In each case, employees hours dropped from 40 hours a week to 35 or 36 hours, with no reduction in pay. Participants came from all sectors including offices, preschools, social service providers, and hospitals.
The study found that overall employees were not only happier and healthier working four days, but they were also more productive.
In all cases productivity either remained the same or increased, while participants' well-being improved, with stress and burnout down, and health and work-life balance going up.
Part of the reason for improved better work-life balance is that employees had more time to be with their families, and also concentrate on things like housekeeping and hobbies.