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UK: 'Excellent idea' -  Workers react to companies' decision to switch to four-day week with no loss of pay04:36

UK: 'Excellent idea' - Workers react to companies' decision to switch to four-day week with no loss of pay

United Kingdom, London
November 29, 2022 at 05:02 GMT +00:00 · Published

Up to 2,600 employees will be moved to a four-day week - and without a pay cut - as a hundred British companies joined the '4 Day Week Campaign'.

Footage filmed on Monday in London shows residents and tourists reacting positively to the initiative.

"I feel like it's going to increase productivity a lot ... especially if you have to work harder in those four days to get paid from the five days," said Andy from Leeds.

Among the companies taking part are Atom Bank and global marketing company Awin; each has around 450 employees.

Supporters argue that a four-day week will lead to increased performance from staff, a better work-life balance and enable employers to widen their talent search to those requiring more flexible working.

"It would be an excellent idea if every company could," said Johnathan,

"I don't know if that would be realistic or not because there are some areas of work that are 24/7."

Some business experts agree that it could increase costs for those companies required to operate on a five-day week, particularly those competing globally.

UK: 'Excellent idea' -  Workers react to companies' decision to switch to four-day week with no loss of pay04:36
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Up to 2,600 employees will be moved to a four-day week - and without a pay cut - as a hundred British companies joined the '4 Day Week Campaign'.

Footage filmed on Monday in London shows residents and tourists reacting positively to the initiative.

"I feel like it's going to increase productivity a lot ... especially if you have to work harder in those four days to get paid from the five days," said Andy from Leeds.

Among the companies taking part are Atom Bank and global marketing company Awin; each has around 450 employees.

Supporters argue that a four-day week will lead to increased performance from staff, a better work-life balance and enable employers to widen their talent search to those requiring more flexible working.

"It would be an excellent idea if every company could," said Johnathan,

"I don't know if that would be realistic or not because there are some areas of work that are 24/7."

Some business experts agree that it could increase costs for those companies required to operate on a five-day week, particularly those competing globally.