After the success in Iceland and New Zealand also the Scotland is considering introducing the four-day work week. The plan is to reduce working hours 20% without affecting the productivity, measured in weekly production, so that the salary can remain the same.
The report published today included some ideas on how this new working model could be adopted, drawing on the experience of other countries that have already started experimenting. It reports the Bbc. In the plan, the reduced hours do not have to be considered weekly and may be intended for particular groups, such as parents. The goal is to increase the sense of well-being of employees, and consequently also their performance.
Also Microsoft tested the four-day workweek in its offices in Japan and found a nearly 40 percent increase in productivity. The experimentation, entitled Work-Life Choice Challenge Summer, took place in August 2019 and involved 2,300 employees, who for a month worked from Monday to Thursday, having free on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Despite the four fewer monthly working days, the salary remained the same, but above all the productivity was 39 percent higher than in August 2018, when the same offices had worked 5 days a week.