CNN Enterprise

The decision is in: A four-day work week is sweet for enterprise.

After six months, many of the 33 corporations and 903 staff trialing the schedule, with no discount in pay, are unlikely ever to return to a customary working week, in accordance with the organizers of the worldwide pilot program.

None of the 27 taking part corporations who responded to a survey by 4 Day Week World mentioned they had been leaning in the direction of or planning on returning to their former five-day routine. About 97% of the 495 workers who responded mentioned they wished to proceed with a four-day week.

The vast majority of corporations collaborating within the trial had been based mostly in america and Eire. These responding to the survey rated their general expertise 9 out of 10, based mostly on productiveness and efficiency.

Staff had been equally constructive in regards to the trial, reporting decrease ranges of stress, fatigue, insomnia and burnout, and enhancements in bodily and psychological well being.

The trial was additionally good for firm earnings. Common income rose 38% when in comparison with the identical interval final yr, in accordance with the survey.

4 Day Week World, a nonprofit group, collaborated with researchers at Boston Faculty, College Faculty Dublin and Cambridge College for the trial. It was cut up into two cohorts, starting in February and April this yr.

Juliet Schor, professor of sociology at Boston Faculty and the trial’s lead researcher, mentioned that workers didn’t report a rise within the depth of their work.

“This means that the work reorganization technique succeeded and efficiency was not achieved by way of [speeding up], which is neither sustainable nor fascinating,” she mentioned.

Jon Leland, chief technique officer for Kickstarter, a crowdfunding web site taking part within the trial, described the schedule as a “true win-win.”

“The 4-day week has been transformative for our enterprise and our individuals. Workers are extra targeted, extra engaged and extra devoted, serving to us hit our objectives higher than earlier than,” he mentioned in a press release.

A separate six-month trial in the UK, additionally run by 4 Day Week World, and which included 70 corporations and three,300 staff, wrapped up this month. The outcomes from that trial — the world’s greatest so far — are due in February.

Earlier this yr, staff within the UK trial described to CNN Enterprise how the additional time without work had modified their lives for the higher, giving them extra time to run errands, take up hobbies, and easily recharge.

Calls to shorten the working week have gathered steam lately. As hundreds of thousands of workers switched to distant work in the course of the pandemic — reducing onerous commuting time and prices — these calls have solely grown louder.