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Four-day working week launches to tackle mental health epidemic

Revolutionary trial being tried in Spain

With 24/7 access to emails, demanding bosses, and hours spent on the commute to and from work, many of us are facing burnout simply from trying to earn a living.

Yet the four-day working week is on horizon to change all that.

Thanks to the progressive powers that be over in Spain, they are launching a trial to see if they can help improve people’s quality of life with a four-day working week and three-day weekend.

While the European country may be the trailblazers for the Monday to Thursday operation, there are hopes that the practice will unfold around the world.

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Speaking about the revolutionary shift, Joe Ryle of the 4 Day Week Campaign said the move will not only help reduce anxiety but also boost productivity while working.

Joe said: “Clearly the way that we work is making people stressed, burned out, overworked and causing massive workplace and mental health issues.”

He told the Guardian: “The four-day week would be good for the economy, good for workers and good for the environment. What’s not to like about it?”

In the UK, mental health sick days cost the economy £1.4billion annually. By nurturing wellbeing and ensuring people have enough rest, that figure could be cut dramatically.

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Our Spanish friends are leading the way thanks to their government agreeing to a proposal from left-wing party Más País allowing companies to trial reduced hours.

This will see a 32-hour week instead of the standard 40 hours, a number often surpassed by employees with unpaid overtime to keep afloat in a world that never sleeps.

Policitian Iñigo Errejón said the trial is finally “launching into the real debate of our times” and described it as “an idea whose time has come”.

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Errejón added: “Spain is one of the countries where workers put in more hours than the European average. But we’re not among the most productive countries.

“I maintain that working more hours does not mean working better.”

The Más País party follow in the footsteps of Software Delsol, the southern Spanish firm who became the first in the country to implement a four-day working week last year.

Their results? Productivity shot up, workers reported that they are happier, and there was a significant reduction in absenteeism.

They certainly have our vote.

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