The Scottish government has been urged to expand its ongoing trial of a four day working week after research found there was overwhelming support for the project.
Almost 90 per cent of working-age people in Scotland told think tank IPPR Scotland they would take part in experiments to see whether reducing worker’s hours for the same pay can improve wellbeing and narrow gender divides.
The think tank’s poll of 2,200 people found 80 per cent of staff think shortening the working week would have a positive impact on wellbeing while 65 per cent believe it would boost the economy.
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— Rachel Statham (@rachelstatham_) September 1, 2021
IPPR Scotland senior research fellow Rachel Statham said trials must now be carried out in “all kinds of workplaces”, including non-office jobs, to provide a thorough test of how the idea works in practice.
“The Scottish government is right to be trialling a four-day working week because today’s evidence shows that it is a policy with overwhelming public support, and could be a positive step towards building an economy hardwired for wellbeing,” said Statham.