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4-day workweek trials are a success in Iceland

The first trials of four-day workweeks in Iceland were met with resounding success, prompting many workers to follow suit and ask for fewer hours. The tests, which consisted of paying the same for fewer hours of weekly work, began in 2015.

According to the results, productivity remained within the same levels and increased in most companies. Some countries such as Spain and New Zealand began to adopt this working day.

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In Iceland, tests led by the Reykjavík civil council and the national government eventually included more than 2,500 workers, whose hours are equivalent to 1 percent of the country’s working population.

Workers said they felt much less stressed or at risk of burnout. In addition, it was reported that their health and the balance between their professional and personal lives improved much more, since they had time to spend time with their families, practice hobbies and do housework.

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Will Stronge, the director of Autonomy, one of the companies that participated in the tests, said the results are clear and went a long way in showing that the public sector is full of pioneers and responsible people.

Currently, Spain is beginning tests with this type of work week, while the company Unilever, in New Zealand, reduced working hours to 20 percent without reducing salary. We hope that this type of proposal will reach Latin America very soon.

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