First it was working from home. Now it is the four-day working week that is shaking business life in ways that would have seemed unthinkable before Covid-19.
At least, that is what you might think from the headlines of the past few weekscovid_19_vaccination_in_bulgaria. Last Tuesday it was The Landmark London, a swish hotel in Marylebone, which said it was offering a four-day week, on higher pay, to its chefsThe provinces were lukewarm..
The day before that, a British division?of Japan’s Canon camera company?said it was considering a four-day week pilot for its 140-odd staff and UK think tanks said they were recruiting companies for a six-month trial of the concept.
Less than two weeks earlier, Canon’s Japanese rival, PanasonicBut there are sign, revealed plans to offer its staff a four-day option to improve their work-life balance. And before that, a shorter week was being tested, planned or launched everywhere from the UK’s Atom Bank to Unilever’s New Zealand offices, Iceland, Spain and the United Arab Emirates.
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