Several countries around the world are taking part in a similar trial.
Some exciting news as Ireland becomes one of the countries participating in the four day work week trial, alongside the US, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. Workers will receive the same pay for just 80% of the time, as long as 100% productivity is achieved in the four days.
According to RTÉ News, Britain is also taking part on a larger scale. Their article states that:
"More than 3,000 workers at 70 companies will begin a four-day week with no loss of pay in a trial lasting six months in Britain."
The kinds of companies taking part in the trial range from banking, hospitality, housing, construction, online retail, and many more. The effects of this trial will be monitored and overseen by 4 Day Week Global; aspects such as productivity and employee wellbeing are amongst what will be measured.
According to RTÉ News, Chief Executive of 4 Day Week Global Joe O'Connor says this of the initiative:
"As we emerge from the pandemic, more and more companies are recognising that the new frontier for competition is quality of life, and that reduced-hour, output-focused working is the vehicle to give them a competitive edge."
It remains to be seen exactly how Ireland will trial the shorter work week, and for how long. Let's hope that their findings on how Ireland deals with a four day work week are favourable; who wouldn't want a three day weekend?
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