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Many employees have dreamed about only going to their 9-5s for 4 days per week. In the U.K., they are running an experiment to see if this can actually lead to an efficient workplace. So far, the results indicate that there has been no decrease in productivity.
Over seventy companies in Britain are undergoing this six-month experiment and most say it's going extremely well.
Honestly, hustle culture is running rampant in the West, and—while it can be beneficial in the long run to push yourself extremely hard and achieve your goals when you are just starting out—it can also lead to an enormous amount of unwanted side effects, including increased anxiety, weight gain, burnout, and a host of other issues—it's no surprise that employees are seemingly more productive if they have some days off and some semblance of work/life balance.
Halfway into the six-month trial experiment in which employees at 73 companies are getting a weekly paid day off, 35 out of 41 companies that responded to a survey said they were either likely or extremely to continue the four-day workweek after the experiment ends. The trial will be complete in November of this year. Out of 41 companies, 39 said that productivity levels had remained the same and six actually said it had improved.