Results Are In From Iceland's 4-day Workweek Experiment. The Data is Not Shocking.
From 2015 to 2019, Iceland trialed a 4-day workweek trial to see how it would effect its working population, productivity, and happiness. Now the results are in, and it turns out that employee productivity actually increased thanks to less stress and time to exercise.
According to Science Alert , the trial found that productivity went up by 25 percent, and 80 percent of workers enjoyed their work more. A total of 5000 private sector employees across 16 different companies took part in the study, which was led by a researcher from Reykjavik University.
Even though people worked for four days a week on average, they still clocked an impressive 40 hours each week thanks to the trial being structured differently. For example, instead of spending the morning checking emails before starting work at 11am, most participants started working at 9am and then had time to make calls or go to meetings in the afternoon.
Moreover, those who participated were around 12% less stressed compared to before as well as 5% more motivated. A total of 79% of workers actually reported to be less tired each day compared to before the trial, while 81% said they were more productive and happier at work during those four days.
However, not everyone was happy with the outcome of the trial. For instance, nurses expressed concerns about having only 4 days per week in which to complete their usual workload — mainly that productivity doesn't necessarily need to decrease thanks to a shorter, reports The Guardian.
Researchers are now looking into options for providing professional training for nurses as well as how to make rotas more flexible so that staff can have extra time off when needed .
While this research is still ongoing and undergoing analysis by experts, it shows some very promising results thus far. This study just goes to show that other countries should consider experimenting with 4-day workweeks to help boost efficiency and productivity in workers, and help produce greater economies of scale.