New data from a four-day workweek pilot looks at how workers fared under the test for a year. Workers were happier and more efficient, and their firms ended up bringing in more in revenue.
A New Zealand-based nonprofit — released findings from its latest installment of its pilot program testing out a four-day work week in participating companies across a range of countries including the US, Australia, and the United Kingdom. It found that after a year testing out the shortened week, it remained a resounding success.
Workers were more efficient, even as work intensity dipped. They worked less, and were able to better maintain their work-life balance. Revenue at firms participating grew by 15%, and a third of employees said they were less likely to leave their jobs. Workers also reported feeling less burned-out, with the extra day allowing them to exercise and sleep more.
"A concern we frequently hear is there's no way the results from our six-month trials can be maintained, as the novelty eventually must wear off, but here we are a year later with benefits only continuing to grow," Dale Whelehan, CEO of 4 Day Week Global, said in a statement. "This is very promising for the sustainability of this model, and we look forward to tracking companies' experiences well into the future."