Countries are shifting to a four-day working week
Improving the mental health of workers and reducing the risk of burnout is now more important than ever. Spain is preparing to be among the first countries in the world to experience the 4-day working week to increase productivity and reduce costs. It is now confirmed that the short week leads to an increase in results, measured through sales per employee, as well as a strong cost reduction.
17% of companies in the UK are considering moving to a shorter work week, with the hope that this will increase productivity. Over 1 million British companies and 3 million employees could move to a four-day week in the near future. Nearly 300,000 British small and medium-sized enterprises and over 840,000 employees are already working a four-day week.
Those who work less than six hours are more productive, accumulate less stress and therefore are more focused on work.
Countries with shorter working weeks are more likely to have a lower carbon footprint.
Despite the progress made over the years, women continue to do on average 60% more unpaid domestic work than men. A four-day week could therefore also be useful in promoting equal relations between men and women in order to balance domestic work equally, take care of children and the elderly. Last but not least, there would be more time to take care of oneself.
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