More than 70 companies in the UK signed up for the experiment of a four-day work week in June of last year.

They wanted to see what would happen if they gave employees a paid day off.

Halfway through the trial, 81% of the companies say the four-day week is working well for them. 42% say their business productivity has not changed, while 34% say it has.

One of the companies involved in the trial said that the trial has been a success. Productivity has remained high, with an increase in wellbeing for the team, along with improved financial performance.

What is the 4-Day Work Week Experiment?

There is no loss of pay for employees in the 4-day work week pilot program. The initiative was created by a non-profit organization in partnership with several universities.

There are pilot programs in the US, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. New programs are launched every quarter in different regions.

According to their website, 4-Day Week Global is dedicated to supporting the idea of the 4-day week as a part of the future of work. She wants to show the benefits of a productivity-focused and reduced-hour workplace.

More results from the 4-Day Workweek Pilot Program

More than 3,300 employees in the UK are getting a paid day off each week.

The companies range in size from small to large.

The participants were asked to complete a survey. Thirty-five of the companies responded that they were very likely to keep the four-day work week. Six companies said productivity had improved.

The four-day week gave employees more time to exercise, take up hobbies, cook, and spend time with their families, according to some companies.

Nicci Russell admitted that the pilot was difficult at first. Some weeks are more difficult than others. It's been good for us, and we're more productive already.