Shorter work week goes a long way as study shows ‘overwhelming success’

Participants in the Iceland study reduced their hours without losing pay or productivity

14 October 2021 - 19:07 By Virginia Lau and Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir

Even as the Covid-19 pandemic forced companies about the world to reimagine the workplace, researchers in Iceland were already conducting two trials of a shorter work week that involved about 2,500 workers — more than 1% of the country’s working population. They found that the experiment was an “overwhelming success” — workers were able to work less, get paid the same, while maintaining productivity and improving personal wellbeing...

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