Reasons Revisited: The Four Day Week

Would you like to work less, feel happier and maybe even do something good for the planet, all with no loss in pay? It’s a dream that could soon become a reality for many, after the world's biggest four day week trial wrapped up last year. We explore the results and dig back through our audio archives to revisit the history of a shorter working week, why it could be a solution to Britain's flatlining productivity problem, and what comes next for the four day week campaign.


Andrew Barnes, 4 Day Week - Global (@4dayweek_global)

Kate Bell, TUC (@kategobell)

Rachel Kay, Researcher and Will Stronge, co-founder of think-tank Autonomy (@w_stronge / @Autonomy_UK)

More information 

Listen to RTBC 55 Living for the (three day) weekend (October 2018)

Listen to RTBC 126 The Four Day Future: Building a movement for shorter working hours (Feb 2020)

Read the report by think tank Autonomy The Results are In: The UK’s four-day week pilot (Feb 2023)

Read more about the UK’s 4 Day Week Campaign

Read more about the global movement for a four day week

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