Published on 1 May 2023
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Can we make the four-day week work?

In this podcast hosted by The Productivity Institute, the Bennett Institute's Nina Jörden, joins the debate on whether working less would make us and the organisations that we work for better off.

This episode explores the four-day work week, which has become a popular topic in the media, chats at the water-cooler, and, more recently, in boardrooms. With more firms committing to a shorter work week without a noticeable cut in workers’ wages, Bart and his guests look at how we could maintain productivity while reducing hours by around 20%. To put it differently, can productivity per hour be increased by 25%?

Host Professor Bart van Ark is joined by:

  • Nina Jörden, Research Associate with the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge.
  • Joe Ryle, Director of the 4 Day Week Campaign and Media and Communications Lead at Autonomy.
  • Jon Boys, Senior Labour Market Economist at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.


The views and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy.

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