Spain set to test out a four-day work week in response to COVID-19

Spain is set to deploy 60 million dollars of funding to companies willing to introduce a four-day work week.

Spain’s socialist-led coalition government decided in January to pilot a 32-hour work week over the next three years, to test whether such a shift, which won’t cut workers’ salaries, could improve employee wellbeing and productivity.

A shorter work week is also expected to improve employment at a time when many are struggling to keep or find a job.

While talk of introducing a four-day work week has been circulating in Europe for the past few years, the concept has won momentum thanks to COVID-19, which inspired the Spanish government to reimagine productivity and work-life balance with a focus on people’s health and happiness.

Maria Alvarez, founder of the four-day week campaign, said, “It is absolutely impossible to keep the balance between work and private life, especially caring for children and for the elderly anymore.”

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