A study in Iceland tested productivity of a shortened work week. Here’s what happened.
2,500 people, or 1% of the population, transitioned from a 40 hour to a 35 hour per week work week. The multi-year study took place between 2015 and 2019 (four years). The sample included 9-5 workers as well as shift workers.
In the majority of the workplaces, productivity improved or remained the same. Participants reported less stress, better health and an overall more comfortable work-life balance.
Around the world, nations and companies are taking notice and beginning their own four-day work week trials.