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New 4-day working week pilot launches in Ireland

The Four Day Week Ireland campaign, in conjunction with 4 Day Week Global, an international not-for-profit organisation, has launched a new four-day week pilot programme in Ireland today (Monday, May 1st, 2023).

The trial is based on the 100-80-100™ model, where workers receive 100% of their pay, for 80% of the time, in exchange for a commitment to delivering 100% of the output.

This will be the second pilot of its kind in Ireland and one of many globally.

Last year, 12 Irish companies completed the programme, with none returning to five days post-trial.

Elsewhere, results from the UK pilot with over 60 companies and almost 3,500 workers found a remarkable increase in worker well-being, with 71% of participants feeling less burned out and 39% less stressed while on a four-day week.

Moreover, the same cohort also enjoyed impressive business outcomes, with a 57% reduction in staff turnover and a 65% reduction in sick days.

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Participants will undertake a training programme to re-evaluate how they work, ensuring maximum efficiency before embarking on the six-month trial.

Organisations of all sizes from every sector are encouraged to join, where their experience will be tracked by international experts in University College Dublin, Boston College and Cambridge University.

For companies interested in learning more about participating in the pilot programme, online information sessions are taking place this Thursday, May 5th and next Thursday, May 11th, from 1-2 pm.

About 4 Day Week Global

4 Day Week Global was founded in New Zealand by entrepreneurs and philanthropists, Andrew Barnes and Charlotte Lockhart, following the world-renowned success of their pioneering trial of the 4-day week in Perpetual Guardian.

Since then, 4 Day Week Global has supported over 1,000 companies from a variety of industries all over the world to make the permanent transition to reduced-hour, output-focused working.

Last year alone, they guided approximately 200 organisations through their pilot programs and plan to run further quarterly global pilots in 2023.

In 2023, they formed a partnership with Alex Soojung-Kim Pang to further develop their global consultancy and broaden their research.

4 Day Week Global’s ambition is to make a 4-day week the new default and reduced working time the new standard.

Its intention is to lead and grow the global movement for a shorter working week to make it a reality all over the world.

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