What’s going on:
Starting today, the city of Valencia in Spain will be implementing a four-day work week pilot program to analyze the effects of the shortened work week. The core areas of focus will be health, welfare, climate, and economics.
Issues such as time management, work-life balance, well-being, environmental impact, energy consumption and more will be taken into account.
This experiment in Valencia intends to decrease polluting emissions and daily travel, according to Commentary Box Sports.
Why it matters:
The pandemic has created the opportunity to work from home with the help of technological advances, ultimately bringing a shift in the way of working. The idea of a shortened work week has also been floating around for a while, as people are beginning to prioritize work-life balance more.
Many companies and a few countries have tried out the shortened work week, and more are increasingly trying their hand at it.
How it’ll impact the future:
To incentivize a 32-hour work week, the Region of Valencia will provide support to businesses to make the transition, without compromising employee wages. It’ll offer over €9,000 in financial rewards per worker to firms that join in the shortened work week, with the understanding that the agreement must be mutually agreed upon by the worker and their legal representation, plus a strategy for increasing productivity.
If Valencia is successful in its mission, it may inspire other cities to implement a version of the shortened work week as well.