Just half of the British businesses trying out a four-day week will stick to the same working pattern when the scheme ends.
More than 3,300 employees across 70 companies and charities took part in the radical six-month experiment in June, with staff given full pay for 80% of their time while making a commitment to produce 100% of their usual output in a trial that could overhaul the working life of Britons.
However, a little over half of those taking part (41) responded to a survey canvassing opinion at the halfway point.
Though nearly nine in ten of the respondents said that they would keep the scheme in place beyond the trial period, amounting to around half of all participants, only 15% surveyed claimed that productivity had surged dramatically – while the remainder recorded either no change or only a ‘slight improvement’ in output.
Companies previously said they had struggled with rota chaos and staff confusion after rolling out the four-day week, with bosses admitting that they…