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Today’s Solutions: July 18, 2024

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The ongoing success of the 4-day workweek: a year in, companies share insights

Nearly 61 British businesses made the historic switch to a four-day workweek in 2022, setting in motion a cascade of beneficial effects that are still felt today. What started as a six-month experiment has resulted in 54 organizations adopting the strategy permanently, demonstrating long-term Read More...

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Should schools take on the four-day workweek too?

If you follow The Optimist Daily, you’ll notice that there’s been growing interest in the benefits of shortening our workweeks from the conventional five days to four—so why shouldn’t school children adopt it, too? The Forest Gate community school in Newham, London already has three Read More...

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Bill before California State Assembly for a four-day workweek

If we can get as much done in a shorter amount of time, with a clear head and minimal stress levels, why shouldn’t we? We should all love our jobs, and many of us luckily do, but we still need to live full and active lives outside of the office. Many believe that the trick to living a rounded and Read More...

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Workers in Belgium will have the option of four-day work weeks

We previously wrote about Belgium passing a law that would make it illegal for employers to contact workers after hours. Now, in a similar attempt to encourage a healthier work-life balance, the country’s multi-party coalition government has passed an entire reform package that would give Read More...

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Here’s why sometimes doing nothing is the best thing you can do

Over the last two years, Americans took the least vacation time in the world. We answer emails on weekends, work overtime, and stretch ourselves too thin. Our culture of overwork is not only making us sick and exhausted, it’s actually making us less productive as well. Taking regular breaks to Read More...

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A four day workweek? 10 reasons it’s a great idea

While enduring the global pandemic, many of us have had the chance to reassess our values and goals for our lives. This has set the scene for many companies, workplaces, and even entire countries to toy with the possibility of implementing a four-day workweek. We’ve shared several stories Read More...

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Bolt is the latest tech company to implement a 4-day workweek

In 2021, we’ve seen growing interest in the idea of a four-day workweek, with the governments of Spain, New Zealand, and Singapore openly considering adopting the idea and moving away from the traditional 40-hour working week. Companies across the world have also started showing more interest in Read More...

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World’s largest four-day workweek trial is an “overwhelming success”

The idea of implementing a four-day workweek is gaining momentum. Over the course of the past years, we’ve seen the governments of New Zealand, Singapore, and Spain openly considering introducing the concept — which not only has wide-ranging benefits for productivity and mental health, but also Read More...

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Unilever to shift its New Zealand office to a four-day workweek

It seems that the four-day workweek movement is finally getting some real traction, with global consumer goods giant Unilever becoming the latest major corporation to make an attempt at reshaping the future of work. The company announced that beginning of next week, all of its New Zealand Read More...