Iceland Tried A Shortened Workweek And It Was An “Overwhelming Success”

Future trials might be organised in other countries around the world

A recent study of 2,500 workers in Iceland, more than 1% of the workforce, was conducted to see if shortened work days leads to more productivity and a happier workforce. The trials were made across an array of different types of workplaces.

The trials were an overwhelming success, and since completion 86% of the country’s workforce are now working shorter hours or gaining the right to shorten their hours. Productivity and service provision remained the same or improved across the majority of trial workplaces. Worker wellbeing dramatically increased across a range of indicators, from perceived stress and burnout, to health and work-life balance. The trials also remained revenue neutral for both the city council and the government, providing a crucial, and so far largely overlooked blueprint of how future trials might be organised in other countries around the world.

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