The four-day work week – The Agenda full episode
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For the last century, the majority of western workers have worked a five-day week – many the archetypal "nine to five" from 9-5 Monday to Friday.

However, a number of countries and employers are experimenting with the idea of a four-day week – which some experts claim reduces stress and can actually increase productivity.

But as we reevaluate our work life balance in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, can it really work for everybody? Or will the governments have to find more money to pay for more doctors, nurses and teachers to fill the gaps?

On this edition of The Agenda, Juliet Mann speaks to Social Entrepreneur Hilary Cottam and Chief Happiness Officer at B Corp Henry Stewart – who's part of the UK's current four-day week trial – to consider the pros and cons of a shorter working week at a time when workers' rights have ever been more important.

Also on the program is Arna Hronn Aradottir, a public sector worker for the City of Reykjavik, explaining how Iceland's pilot scheme into working shorter hours, which was first introduced in 2015, has completely changed her life.

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