Trials of a four-day week in Iceland were an “overwhelming success” and led to many workers moving to shorter hours
The trials, in which workers were paid the same amount for shorter hours, took place between 2015 and 2019. According to researchers, productivity remained the same or improved in the majority of workplaces. A number of other trials are now being run across the world, including in Spain and New Zealand.
In Iceland, the trials run by Reykjavk City Council and the national government eventually included more than 2,500 workers, which amounts to about 1% of Iceland’s working population. A range of workplaces took part, including preschools, offices, social service providers, and hospitals. Many of them moved from a 40 hour week to a 35 or 36 hour week.