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Four-day week about improved public health

Commenting further on the comments he made during an interview with the Guardian, Professor John Ashton, President, Faculty of Public Health, said:

"We welcome the news this week that the more employees will be able to request flexible working. It benefits everyone: employers find it often helps with employee loyalty, productivity and morale. Evidence shows that flexible working is good for employees’ health and wellbeing.

"A four-day week would be one way to help extend the benefits of flexible working, both for employees working very long hours as well as those who want to get into work. A four-day week would give people more scope to volunteer in their local communities.

"The practicalities of implementing such a policy would be complex, not least because of the high cost of living that prohibits many people from working fewer hours. Nevertheless, it is important that we have a working pattern that is good for our health as well as our economy and wider society."

 

Written: 01/07/2014 , last modified: 26/09/2014