Today’s Solutions: May 30, 2024

Portrait of happy young colleagues leaving office after work.

Britain’s four-day workweek trial shows no loss in productivity 

According to a survey of participants published last Wednesday, the majority of the companies taking part in a four-day workweek pilot program in Britain stated they experienced no productivity loss throughout the experiment—and, that in some cases, productivity was improved. According to Jack Read More...

Belgium considers implementing

Belgium considers implementing a 4-day work week

We recently shared the results of the largest ever trial of a four-day working week in Iceland, which researchers hailed as an “overwhelming success." Now, inspired by those findings, Belgium is considering implementing the idea as part of a broader set of labor market reforms. According to Read More...

The four-day work week could h

The four-day work week could help us fight climate change

Over the course of the last year, we’ve seen growing interest in the idea of a four-day workweek, with the governments of New Zealand and Singapore openly considering shifting their countries away from the traditional five-day workweek. Advocates of the idea often argue that limiting employees' Read More...

Spain set to pilot four-day wo

Spain set to pilot four-day work week program

Back in December, we shared how Spain was considering a plan for a nationwide four-day workweek. Now, led by the country’s Más País party, officials have laid out a plan for a pilot program in which companies can partake in a four-day workweek with minimal risk.  The €50m project provides Read More...

Spain may incentivize companie

Spain may incentivize companies to move to 4-day work week

We recently shared how Unilever is shifting their New Zealand office to a four-day workweek. Other companies, like Microsoft, have also begun to explore the concept of a shortened workweek. The idea seems to be gaining traction as the country of Spain is considering an ambitious plan to introduce Read More...

Singapore joins New Zealand in

Singapore joins New Zealand in openly considering a four-day work week

Just a couple weeks ago, we shared a story coming out of New Zealand after prime minister Jacinda Ardern had suggested shifting the country to a four-day working week after the pandemic. The idea was that it would help employees address persistent work/life balance issues, while encouraging more Read More...

Family On Hiking Adventure Through Forest

The case for shifting to a four-day workweek for post-pandemic life

At The Optimist Daily, we’re putting a lot of focus on what the world can do after the pandemic to create a healthier, more sustainable, and more inclusive society. In New Zealand, one idea that was suggested by prime minister Jacinda Ardern is starting to gain a lot of traction: shifting to a Read More...

These employees are enjoying t

These employees are enjoying three-day weekends with same productivity output

Wanting to improve its employees’ productivity and work-life balance, this software company has introduced a four-day workweek for its members of staff. The initiative follows other cases where firms have adopted the system and noticed that it reduced stress and improved job satisfaction without Read More...