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Experimenting with Flexibility: Denmark’s Four-Day Workweek Experiment Finds Encouraging Results

BySamantha Jones

Apr 3, 2024
Copenhagen tests out four-day working week with number of applicants doubling

Copenhagen, Denmark – 14 workplaces in the city are participating in an experiment to implement a four-day workweek. The manager of Radisevej dormitory, which provides mental health services, is confident that this new schedule will become a permanent part of the workplace culture. Employees will work four one-day shifts followed by three days off, totaling 37 working hours a week, but with longer days than before.

The Danish parliament approved the trial on flexible working weeks in 2023, proposed by the Alternativet party Christian Jakobsen. The experiment is running until the end of the year and began on April 1st at workplaces across Copenhagen. After the trial, workplaces will evaluate whether to adopt this schedule permanently.

This is not Denmark’s first experiment with flexible working hours; previous trials have been conducted in municipalities such as Esbjerg, Vejen, and Odsherred. Labor market researcher Janne Gleerup mentioned that similar experiments have been conducted in businesses for some time now, but public sector workplaces are also embracing this change.

One such participating workplace is Radisevej dormitory where Jonas Ammitzbøll, director of Radisevej’s unit had to reorganize due to the shift in hours but has seen positive effects on recruitment and hopes for a better balance between work and free time. He believes that adapting to a more flexible work schedule is an ongoing experiment with potential benefits for both employees and employers aligning with societal changes towards greater flexibility and work-life balance.

Finland’s central trade union organization SAK has also proposed an experiment with shortened working hours while reports from Britain show improvements in physical and psychological health among participants leading to reduced stress levels and other benefits. Overall, transitioning to a four-day workweek seems like an exciting possibility that could lead to numerous advantages for everyone involved.

By Samantha Jones

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