4-day week in Iceland: Almost 9 out of 10 Icelanders are entitled to work shorter hours

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08.07.2021 – Iceland-scoop.me

4-day week in Iceland: Almost 9 out of 10 Icelanders are entitled to work shorter hours
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Iceland has undertaken the largest trial of a 4-day-week, globally. It has been such an outstanding success that 86 percent of Iceland’s employees have either already adopted it, or at least have the possibility of working shorter hours. This experiment has shown that working shorter hours while getting paid full wages is beneficial for both the employees, by improving their health, happiness, and productivity, as well as the employer, as it produces positive economic results and greater profits.

By Lena Krainz

One percent of Iceland’s employees worked shorter hours

In 2015, due to pressure from the public and the labour union, the government of Iceland and the municipal council of Reykjavík initiated the worldwide most extensive experiment on reduced working hours. Over the period of four years 2.500 employees from 100 enterprises worked an average of 35 to 36…

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