Here in the UK more than 70 companies and a total of 3,300 workers have recently started working a 4 day week with no reduction in pay. This is the worlds largest trial of a four-day working week. A very diverse range of companies are participating from financial to food takeaway organisations. In some ways this is another step from the hybrid working policies that many companies are offering, albeit a large step.

Researchers will be measuring the effect on productivity output, the well being of the workers and the impact on the environment. Other countries are due to trial the 4 day work week later this year. It will be interesting to see how productivity is affected and how the employees respond with an extra day to ‘re-charge’.

In similar schemes in other countries some companies are now running alternate weeks of 4 days then 5 days as a steppingstone to a full 4 day working week. They have reported no decline in productivity but an increase in motivation, energy levels and well-being from the employees.

Looking at ways to engage, motivate, and look after the well being of employees is vital post-COVID. The 4 day working week is a big step from our current position of hybrid working. It will certainly shake up the fight for talent if more and more companies start to offer it. I will be fascinating to see the results. Will the increase in energy and well being allow the employees to deliver the output they get in 5 days in 4 days. What do you think, will this be a success? Is this the future?