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Four-day working week improves staff’s mental health by 87%

Companies around the world have cut their work week down to just four days and found that it leads to higher productivity, more motivated staff and less burnout.

A company that introduced a four-day working week has found it dramatically improved the mental health of staff. MCL Consulting Group in Brighton tested out the idea of a four-day working week for six months and found that its staff, and business, ended up a lot better off.

They kicked off the trial in March of this year and since then, the company found 87% of staff felt their mental health had improved, short-term absences had reduced by 40% and productivity also increased by 25%.

The idea was the brainchild of CEO David Stone, who felt his 54 employees across the UK, Germany and France could manage their five days’ worth of work in four days. He said:

“We’re an output-based business, so we’ve always been driven by results, rather than the time people spend at their desks.

“I considered that if people could be really self-critical of the time they spend at work, cutting down the time spent scrolling and socialising, then we’d be able to give them Fridays off.

“The results generated during the six-month trial have led us to implement a four-day week working model on a permanent basis.”A survey of more than 250 companies indicated that adopting a shorter working week could add to businesses’ bottom lines through increased staff productivity, as well as improved physical and mental health.

Furthermore, the study conducted by Henley Business School, suggested it could also lead to a cleaner environmental footprint.

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