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Is a four-day working week a good idea?

24th - 31st March 2023

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Age 5-11


Age 11-16+


Total votes

Discussion about the prospect of a four-day week has been widespread following the results of a trial in over 60 UK companies. Voters considered the practicalities of a four-day week in relation to their own experience of learning and reflected on the impact it might have on the adults in their lives. Our older voters also considered the impact a shorter workweek might have on different sectors and industries.

Young child

Age 5-11

"I don’t want to go to school for 4 days, I want to go for 5 because I will
be able to learn more. If we don't finish our work in 4 days, we will fall


Age 11-16

“It lowers the stress rates whilst allowing the workers to be more flexible,
do more work and have a social life / spend time with family.”

Young adult

Age 16+

"I believe a four day working week would drastically improve people’s
lives and wellbeing. More and more people are suffering from burnout
and by working one less day a week it gives workers a chance to relax
and come back stronger the next week.”

57% of those aged 5-11 voted that 4-day school weeks are a good idea.

  • Our youngest voters were considering the practicalities of a four-day week.
  • The majority voted that it was a good idea, however it was our slimmest majority of the week. 43% voted No.
  • The comments shed some light on why this might be. Many said they were concerned that they wouldn't be able to learn the full curriculum in this time.
  • Our 'Yes' comments largely stated the wellbeing benefits to having an extra day of rest.
82% of those aged 11-16 agreed that moving to a four-day working week is a good idea.

  • Our largest majority came from 11-16-year-olds this week, with 82% voting that a four-day working week is a good idea.
  • In the comments we received, many argued that a four-day working week will prevent burnout and improve wellbeing.
75% of those aged 16+ agreed with out younger voters that a four-day working week is a good idea.

  • Our oldest voters agreed, with the majority voting 'Yes' to the question: "Is a four-day working week a good idea?"
  • However, 1 out of 4 voted 'No', which is a higher proportion than out 11-16-year-old voters.
  • The 'Yes' comments fell in line with the comments from the 11-16 vote. Many of the 'No' comments we received argued that it doesn't work for all sectors, namely the health service and jobs with unsociable working hours.

Feedback from our Impact Partners

We had a fantastic response from our Impact Partners this week.

This includes companies that took part in the UK trial of a four day working week as well as the Four Day Week Global Campaign.

Watch the videos below to hear the views of Dr Dale Whelehan, CEO of the Four Day Week Global Campaign, which is campaigning for a four day working week in organisations across the world.

Henry Stewart, Chief Happiness Officer of Happy Ltd a consultancy for leadership and corporate culture.

Louise Verity, Director of Bookishly, a supplier of gifts and bookish merchandise to the cultural sector.

Simon Girling, Director of Girling Jones Recruitment Consultants who specialise in the construction sector.