Union backs municipality’s four-day week experiment

Denmark

Local government union HK Kommunal has welcomed the decision by Solrød Municipality, south west of Copenhagen, to give their employees in administration the opportunity work a four-day week. Workers will have the choice whether they want to show up at the office, work from home or take a full day off. The only requirement is that they still have a working week of 37 hours. The municipality argues that it will help recruit and retain competent staff. The scheme starts from 1 September and will run over the next two years. The initiative follows that of the Odsherred Municipality, north west of Copenhagen, which was first to introduce a shorter working week. The evidence there has indicated that workers were more productive. HK Kommunal welcomes the possibility to give employees more flexibility but underlines that no scheme should be introduced as a cost-cutting measure.

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