As the great rethink of work conditions continues, the world’s biggest four-day work week trial has begun in the UK. At the same time working from home is causing divisions in the workplace, especially between bosses and employees, and many workers are still struggling to strike the right tone on work messaging applications – is it ever okay to use exclamation marks?
What else matters this week?
Despite travel chaos due to staff shortages, calls for work visas for travel industry employees has been rejected in the UK.
Wages in the US are rising at their fastest pace in decades but inflation means workers may not feel the benefits of higher salaries.
The World Bank has said a global recession will be hard to avoid.
We’ve got a full breakdown of all the top headlines you can’t miss this week.
#1. The world’s biggest four-day work week trial has begun.
Some 3,300 workers across 70 companies in the UK have begun the biggest ever trial of the 32-hour work week. All workers involved in the trial will work four days, instead of their usual five, but still be paid their usual salary.
At the same time researchers in universities around the UK will monitor the effect on productivity and quality of life, with results to be announced in 2023.
Most companies are hoping to help workers fit five days work into four by cutting back on meetings and making meetings that do happen more efficient.
Read more at The New York Times.