The results we’ve all been waiting for are finally in – a four-day working week really does work, according to a major new study. 

For a six-month period , 61 UK companies reduced their employees’ working hours by 20 per cent, with no changes made to their salary.

Staff who took part were surveyed throughout the trial, and 71 per cent reported lower levels of  than before, while 39 per cent said they were less stressed.

All the while, the majority of bosses found productivity targets continued to be met, and they even benefitted from a 1.4 per cent increase in revenue on average.

The programme was coordinated by campaign groups 4 Day Week Global and games cheat 4 Day Week Campaign in the UK, think tank Autonomy and academics at the University of Cambridge and Boston College in the US.

A four-day working week results in reducing the number of staff quitting their jobs and taking sick days, a new study has found (stock image)

A four-day working week results in reducing the number of staff quitting their jobs and taking sick days, a new study has found (stock image)

Change in participating employees' reported levels of ‘burnout' between baseline and endpoint surveys. Em

Change in participating employees’ reported levels of ‘burnout’ – measured by how often they felt exhaustion or frustration – from immediately before the trial began to its endpoint

Joe Ryle, Director of 4 Day Week Campaign, calls the results a ‘major breakthrough moment’ for the idea of shorter working weeks. 

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