Working four days but getting paid for five sounds too good to be true, but employees at 70 UK companies are already enjoying the benefit and say it has changed their lives
Employees at a fish and chip shop testing a four-day workweek say they can spend more time with their families — and all while paying full.
Around 70 British companies employing 3,300 people are starting today (June 6) with a four-day week without wage cuts in the programme’s largest pilot project to date.
The idea is that employees work 80% of their normal weekly hours, receive 100% of salary and remain 100% productive.
One of the companies taking part is Plattes Fish and Chips in Wells-Next-The-Sea, North Norfolk.
Chip shop staff say they are excited to be part of the pilot.
Instead of a three-day weekend, employees rotate their shifts with two working days followed by two days off.
Managing Director Kirsty Wainwright, 34, already works a four-day week.
Kirsty has worked in hospitality for 17 years and is a mother of two.
She said: “Being able to work a four-day week was the main reason for deciding to work here.
“Hospitality has really unsocial hours and needs to change. It’s not surprising that the industry is struggling to hire staff given excessively long working hours.
“In a five-day week I didn’t see my children enough. Spending more time with my kids is the best thing about a four day work week. It is wonderful. Having that extra rest and not feeling exhausted means I can be more productive at work, too.”
Wyatt Watts, 25, team leader at Platte’s, enjoys working out in the gym and playing soccer, but feels very tired after a five-day work week and doesn’t have enough time to exercise.
He says that working in the hospitality industry can be “very tiring”.
“When I first heard that we were going to work fewer hours for the same pay, I thought, what’s the catch, it sounds too good to be true,” Wyatt said.
“I hope that this will give me more time for personal development, hanging out with friends and going to the gym.
I’m usually so exhausted from work that I don’t have the energy, so hopefully this extra time to rest will boost my energy.
“The decision to participate in the pilot project has already had an extremely positive impact on the team. Morale has improved and we hope that our productivity at work will be higher, which means things can be done faster.
“After a four-day week, I feel a lot more positive about staying and working in the industry.”
The pilot will run for six months and is being organized by 4 Day Week Global in collaboration with think tank Autonomy, the 4 Day Week UK Campaign and researchers from Cambridge University, Oxford University and Boston College.
Government-backed four-day-a-week trials are also due to start in Scotland later this year.
Joe O Connor, Chief Executive of 4 Day Week Global said: “As we emerge from the pandemic, more and more companies are realizing that the new frontier of competition is quality of life and that reduced hours and meritocratic working is the vehicle to get them.” to gain a competitive advantage.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/we-work-four-day-weeks-27157787 "We work four days a week but still get paid 100% - this gives us more time for the family."