Trials of a four-day working week in Iceland have been lauded an “overwhelming success”, with research revealing the initiative helped increase productivity, and led to an overall improvement in workers’ wellbeing.
- As part of the trials, employees from a range of professions moved to a 35- or 36-hour working week, but received the same pay
- Despite concerns a shorter working week would unintentionally lead to overwork, the results of the trials “directly contradict this”, the report found
- About 86 per cent of Iceland’s entire working population has “now either moved to working shorter hours or have gained the right to shorten their working hours”
The trials, run by Reykjavík City Council and the Icelandic government, were held between 2015 and 2019, and ultimately included more than 2,500 workers — or about one per cent of Iceland’s working population.