According to the new ‘Meaning of Work’ report, which surveyed 2,000 UK employees,
British workers are ready for a four-day week – with many willing to sacrifice additional
benefits, even pay, in order to achieve it.
The report, created by Indeed and YouGov, found that nearly three-quarters (74 per cent) of the UK workforce believe they could maintain the same standards of productivity in a four-day working week. Support for a shorter working week rises to 4 in 5 (79 per cent) among millennials (23-38-year olds).
While salary remains the biggest motivator for most UK workers (57 per cent), work-life
balance sits just behind (55 per cent), now ranking as more important than job security (45 per cent), colleagues (40 per cent) length and convenience of the commute (34 per cent), financial benefits such as a pension (20 per cent), and the culture of the organisation in which people work (12 per cent).
Interestingly, those UK workers who prioritise work-life balance said they would be happy to take around £6,000 less in salary a year, if it can lead to improved overall satisfaction and happiness.
Commenting on the findings of this study, UK Economist, Dr Pawel Adrjan, wrote: “The
results show that work-life balance is hot on the heels of salary when it comes to workers’
priorities and it’s an important factor for workers of all ages. This, combined with the
result that most people back pay transparency, and the majority view that a four-day
working week is feasible, supports the view that the demands of the workforce are
“The survey sends a strong signal to employers struggling to attract and retain employees
in today’s competitive labour market, as well as to policymakers looking to ensure that
Britain’s jobs boom satisfies the expectations of today’s workforce. Employers who want
to attract and retain the best staff will need to take an imaginative and flexible approach
to how they organise their people.”
Discover more from the ‘Meaning of Work’ report, here.