The preliminary report on the Portuguese four-day work week pilot program has revealed promising results, with 41 companies and over 1,000 employees participating in the trial. Early findings indicate a 21% reduction in anxiety, tension, and depression among employees, as well as a decrease in stress levels and an improvement in physical and mental health.
The study also showed that employees were less likely to take sick days, were more committed to their work, and saw an increase in leisure time for physical and recreational activities. Furthermore, 85% of participants stated they would require at least a 20% salary increase to switch back to a five-day workweek.
The pilot program follows the 100-80-100 model, where employees maintain 100% of their salaries and productivity while reducing their working hours by 13.7%. Despite initial concerns about the financial viability of the program, 95% of companies considered the changes to be positive.
The findings are expected to be fully analyzed and published by April 2024, and could potentially provide valuable insights into the increase in productivity and viability of companies that have been part of this experiment. Overall, the study suggests that the four-day work week has the potential to enhance human resources management and could offer an alternative solution to salary increases for companies.