Making the four-day week work for Britain

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Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, economics professor at the University of Oxford, said 10% productivity gains may be a more realistic aim for most than the 20% boost that would come from shifting to four days and maintaining output.

But even so, he believes there is a moral case to try a shorter week when many workers report poor mental health.

“It’s been almost 100 years since we moved to the five-day week … so it’s high time that we start thinking more cogently about next steps,” he said, referring to U.S. carmaker Henry Ford and his introduction of a five-day week in 1926.

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