Four-day working week adopted by 100 UK companies without a drop in wages

Office workers walking across London Bridge on their way home from work during rush hour.

Are four-day workweeks the way forward? (Image: Getty)

A four-day work week is now a permanent benefit at over 100 companies and organizations across the UK.

That’s 2,600 employees from sectors such as manufacturing, architecture, technology, retail, housing, marketing, construction and events – and all of them have short-time work without a loss of wages.

It’s only a fraction of the UK’s working population, but it’s hoped it will spark a major shift in the way Britain approaches work.

Businesses that adopt a four-day workweek say it leads to greater productivity while achieving the same output in fewer hours.

It also seems like a good way to retain employees and attract new employees hoping for a better work-life balance.

The two largest organizations to sign up are Atom Bank and global marketing firm Awin, each with around 450 employees in the UK.

They have been accredited by the Four Day Workweek campaign, which ranks companies with a 32-hour workweek as the gold standard and a 35-hour workweek as the silver standard.

These companies are separate from a large four-day pilot involving 3,300 employees across 70 UK companies.

The six-month study is scheduled to end next month, with results expected in February.

Adam Ross, CEO of Awin, said the introduction of a four-day workweek was “one of the most transformative initiatives we’ve seen in the company’s history.”

He added: “Over the past year and a half we have not only seen a tremendous increase in the well being and wellbeing of our employees, but at the same time our customer service and relationships as well as talent relationships and retention have benefited. ‘

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Justin Scacco

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