With the work-play ratio consistently uneven, too many of us find ourselves living only for the weekend. But it seems things may be set to change, and Spain is at the forefront...
The dream of the 4-day week...
Good news for those still stuck in the rut of the 5-day working week - 4-day weeks are gaining more interest among company bosses every year.
Why are they becoming "a thing"?
via: PixabayIt doesn't take a genius to figure out that working less will be mentally and psychically more beneficial to employees.
Studies have shown vast improvements from one less working day.
via: PixabayA trial in New Zealand found a 20% increase in productivity and a decrease in stress levels amongst the employees of a finance company after switching to a four-day working week. Tell your boss, the stats don't lie...
And the same amount of work was still completed!
The peak in productivity meant that staff were still able to get 5 days worth of work done in just 4. This is all looking very promising...
There have been trials of a 4 day work week.
After seeing the results of the study in New Zealand, the bosses at Portcullis in the UK ran a 5-month trial which meant that staff only had to work 4 days a week, rather than their usual 5.
And the results spoke for themselves...
The incentive has benefited both staff and customers.
via: PixabayThe office now sees later opening hours and a happier team, which means that customers are receiving better, more hands-on service.
And the bosses couldn't be happier with the results.
Managing director, Trevor Worth, said, "Our staff have been more motivated and productive - I'm delighted we've been able to make it work and provide an even better service for customers, and a great working environment for our team."
This could be the start of something huge...Portcullis is one of the first companies in the UK to implement these working hours, and it doesn't look like they'll be the last.
More and more companies are adopting this new working week.
With these excellent results, the trend towards a 4 day work week seems to be spreading.
And employees are happier than ever!
With no cut in wages, employees are having more time off at no extra cost. If that doesn't cheer you up in the office, I don't know what will.
And if all goes well, you could have an extra day off to yourself every week.
via: PixabayThere's a lot that you can do with an extra day off... like binge a full new series on Netflix, for example.
It's the thing of the future!
And it seems the country of Spain agrees.
President of Más País, Íñigo Errejón, spoke to The Guardian.
"Spain is one of the countries where workers put in more hours than the European average."
"But we're not among the most productive countries."
"I maintain that working more hours does not mean working better."
They're set to trial the 4 day work week in a 3-year, fifty-million-euro project.
"Spain will be the first country to undertake a trial of this magnitude. A pilot project like this hasn't been undertaken anywhere in the world."
What do you think?