Workers Are Less Stressed And More Productive With This New Work Model

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Alyssa Guzik
June 20, 2022

For too long, Black workers have increased their working days and hours without much economic advancement. The pandemic made these conditions worse, leading to burnout and many workers quitting their jobs in record numbers. 

That may change, however – with a new experiment that’s being launched overseas.

A collaboration between Cambridge University, Oxford University, and Boston College is underway in the United Kingdom. A 6-month long trial has begun with 50 companies, to test the effects a 4-day work week would have on workers and the economy. 

But how does a foreign initiative affect American workers?

The initiative also includes 38 companies in the U.S. and Canada. The state of California also proposed a bill to move to a 4-day work week for companies with over 500 employees. 

Overtime pay would be required for anyone who worked five days, leading to a 10% increase in wages.

One potential drawback of a 4-day work week is the pressure to complete tasks in less time. Studies have repeatedly shown, however, that employees are less stressed, more motivated, and more productive under this work model.

More companies and countries are beginning to shift to this new work model. Though some have already made the switch, a nationwide change has yet to happen. The results of this experiment could set the stage for workers reclaiming their time, energy, and power!

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