Centre of Excellence launched for reduced working week

A Centre of Excellence has been launched to support companies wishing to move to a shorter working week as the 4 Day Week campaign hits 100 accredited firms in the UK.

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A Centre of Excellence in work time reduction has been launched to support a global move to shorter working weeks.

The new initiative, co-designed by former 4 Day Week Global CEO Joe O’Connor in partnership with transformation company Curium Solutions, seeks to support and scale the widespread worldwide adoption of reduced hour schedules.

The news comes as the 4 Day Week campaign announced that 100 UK companies have now signed up to move to a permanent reduced hours week. The 100, including Atom Bank and global marketing company Awin, are mainly SMEs and employ a total of 2,600 staff, but the campaign feels it marks a milestone and that more will follow. The UK arm is coordinating the world’s biggest 4 day week pilot for about 70 companies in partnership with researchers at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, Boston college and thinktank Autonomy.

The Centre of Excellence, which is supported by researchers, change management experts, operational excellence specialists, future of work thought leaders and four-day week pioneers, designs bespoke trials, programmes and projects focused on the individual needs of companies in recognition that reduced working weeks work different in different companies. In addition to partnering to design and customise a work time reduction roadmap that best suits their business, employee and customer needs, the centre will support ongoing research on the impact and feasibility of
reduced work time models.

The focus will be on transformation, technology – developing the hi-tech tools needed to help people work more efficiently, and testing. Businesses can also access a free shorter work week assessment and consultation that enables them to gauge how prepared their company is for a reduced working time project as well as support for leaders to make the business case for a shorter working week.

O’Connor said: “This partnership is one of shared values to put people first, a shared vision to change the world of work, and a shared ambition to make reduced working time the new normal. I believe that together we can take the shorter working week movement to the next level, and deliver smarter working, greater work-life balance, more efficient businesses and improved performance, and ultimately a better quality of life for all. I’m excited to get started working with today’s changemakers and tomorrow’s pioneers to make this a reality.”

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