Copenhagen tests out four-day working week with number of applicants doubling

Radisevej Dormitory: Leading the Way in Denmark’s Four-Day Work Week Experiment

The City of Copenhagen is participating in a new experiment to implement a four-day work week, which has already been approved by the Danish parliament. This trial began on April 1 and will continue until the end of the year, with participating workplaces evaluating whether to permanently adopt this schedule.

One such workplace is Radisevej dormitory, which provides mental health services. The manager of Radisevej believes that this new schedule is here to stay and has reorganized their operations accordingly. Employees will now work four one-day shifts followed by three days off, totaling 37 working hours a week but with longer days than before.

This experiment is not unique in Denmark, as similar trials have been conducted in municipalities like Esbjerg, Vejen, and Odsherred. Labor market researcher Janne Gleerup mentioned that such experiments have been going on for some time now and are becoming more common in public sector workplaces.

Among the participating workplaces in Copenhagen is Radisevej dormitory, where employees have embraced the change despite initial challenges due to the shift in work hours. Jonas Ammitzbøll, director of Radisevej’s unit, has already seen positive effects on recruitment and hopes for a better balance between work and free time for his employees.

The trend towards flexible work schedules is also seen in other countries, as seen in Finland’s central trade union organization SAK’s proposal for an experiment with shortened working hours. Reports from a British experiment on a four-day work week showed improvements in physical and psychological health for participants leading to reduced stress levels and other benefits.

Overall, the transition to a four-day work week is an ongoing experiment with potential benefits for both employees and employers aligning with societal changes towards greater flexibility and work-life balance.

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