Additional Resources

Four Better or Four Worse?

Henley Business School’s research delves deeper into the pros and cons of four-day working week and whether it’s good for business.

Access the white paper here.

A 4-day week for Ireland?

Reduced hours can lead to higher hourly productivity, healthier workers, greater equality for women, a more sustainable economy and a more balanced society. People could spend more time with friends and family, adjust to retirement more smoothly, spend more time as carers, have more time to explore their personal interests, and more time for education and retraining.

Read the report on the feasibility of a four-day working week in Ireland by economist Oisín Gilmore here.

Time Poor and Unhappy

Harvard Business School professor Ashley Whillans explains that we feel this sense of "time poverty" because we fall into the trap of using our time to get more money, in the belief that it will make us happier.

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Buying time promotes happiness

Using large, diverse samples from the US, Canada, Denmark, and the Netherlands a group of researchers show that individuals who spend money on time-saving services report greater life satisfaction.

Read the article from the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences here.

How to achieve shorter working hours

People should have to work less for a living. Having to work less at what one needs to do, and more at what one wants to do, is good for material and spiritual well-being.

Reducing working time - the time one has to work to keep ‘body and soul alive’ - is thus a valuable ethical objective. It is also a much desired one.

Access the report of Robert Skidelsky here.

Employee Well-being, Productivity, and Firm Performance: Evidence and Case Studies

Jan-Emmanuel de Neve, Dr. Christian Krekel, George Ward, and a Well-being Committee are behind the robust evidence linking employee well-being with productivity and performance. They were able to leverage 1.8 million employee engagement surveys and link those to firm performance outcomes. It is the ultimate business case for why business leaders and policy-makers ought to invest heavily in workplace innovations such as the Four-Day Work week.

Read the evidence and case studies here.

Would a four-day week boost productivity? – BBC News

Analysis given exclusively to Victoria Derbyshire programme by the workers' union the TUC, has found one in eight of us are working over 48 hours a week, something they warn can have a severe impact on our health. Victoria Derbyshire's reporter Michael Cowan has been to meet the companies pioneering new approaches to improve the work life balance.

Watch video here.

The shorter working week: a radical and pragmatic proposal

This report by Autonomy Research aims to demonstrate that the time we spend in work is neither natural nor inevitable. Instead, the amount of time we spend in work is a political question. One of the central aims of this report is to establish time itself as a site of political contestation – in the same vein as housing, healthcare, income, and national defence.

Continue reading here.