BURNOUT, STRESS lead more companies to try a four-day work week. That is work four days a week and get paid for five?

It sounds too good to be true, but the companies around the world that have cut their work week have found that it leads to better productivity, more motivated staff and less burnout.

''It is much healthier and and we do a better job if we're not working crazy hours,'' said Jan Schulz-Hofen founder of  Berlin-based  project management software company Planio, who introduced a  four-day week to the company's 10 member staff earlier this year.

In New Zealand, trust company Perpetua Guardian reported a fall in stress and a jump in staff engagement after it tested a 32-hour week earlier this year.

Even in Japan, the government is encouraging companies to allow Monday mornings off, although other schemes in the workaholic country to persuade employees to take it easy have had little effect.

Britain's Trade Union Congress [TUC] is pushing for the whole country to move to a four-day week by the end of the century, a drive supported by the opposition Labour Party [Agencies]..

The honor and serving of the latest Operational Research on World and Work, continues. 


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