• Thu. Apr 25th, 2024

Denmark’s Experiment with a Four-Day Workweek: Radisevej Dormitory Embraces New Schedule and Promotes Mental Health Services

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 3, 2024
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In the City of Copenhagen, 14 workplaces are taking part in an experiment to implement a four-day work week. The director of Radisevej dormitory, which offers mental health services, is confident that this new schedule will become a permanent change. Employees will work four one-day shifts followed by three days off, totaling 37 working hours per week but with longer days than before.

The Danish parliament approved the trial of flexible working weeks in 2023, proposed by the Alternativet party Christian Jakobsen. The experiment began on April 1 and will continue until the end of the year. Afterward, participating workplaces will evaluate whether they want to make the change permanent.

This is not Denmark’s first attempt at a shorter workweek. Previous trials have been conducted in municipalities like Esbjerg, Vejen, and Odsherred. Labor market researcher Janne Gleerup pointed out that similar experiments have been going on in the business world for some time now but are also being adopted by public sector workplaces.

Among the participating workplaces in Copenhagen is Radisevej dormitory, where reorganization was necessary to accommodate the shift in working hours but has been well received by employees. Jonas Ammitzbøll, director of Radisevej’s unit, has already noticed improvements in recruitment and hopes for a better balance between work and free time as a result of the new schedule.

The trend towards adapting to a more flexible work schedule is also evident in other countries such as Finland’s central trade union organization SAK’s proposal for an experiment with shortened working hours and reports from Britain showing improvements in physical and psychological health for participants leading to reduced stress levels and other benefits from their four-day workweek experiment

By Samantha Nguyen

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