4-Day Work Week — a Temporary Trend or a New Norm?

Tests in Iceland — how it all began

The first studies on the effects of reduced working time were carried out in Iceland. They were the result of pressure of social organizations and trade unions that wanted to improve the issue of work-life balance. 2,5 thousand workers in 100 different workplaces took part in the experiment, which stands for over 1% of the country’s working-age population.

  • Despite the reduction in working time, employees’ incomes remained at the same level.
  • In most jobs, productivity and service delivery have not changed, and in some cases have even improved.
  • Workers’ well-being (including perceived stress, burnout, health and work-life balance) has improved.
  • After the end of the trials, 86% of workers in the country now work shorter hours or have been granted the right to shorter working hours.

Poles’ needs

Poles are more and more willing to work in a 4-day mode. According to the Personnel Service survey, 68% of respondents believe that such work would positively affect their health.

Pioneers on the Polish market

In Poland, the 4-day working week is not common. Only 9% of respondents have experience with such practice. The Hays report identifies several variants of shortened working time used in Polish companies.



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Aga Babicz

Aga Babicz


Marketing Specialist at Next Technology Professionals - IT Recruitment | IT Outsourcing