- The United Arab Emirates announced on Tuesday that it’s moving federal employees to a four-and-a-half day work week to “boost productivity and improve work-life balance.”
- Starting on January 1, 2022, the weekend off will begin at noon local time on Friday and run through Sunday night, according to the government’s announcement.
- Iceland, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Japan, New Zealand, and Sweden have announced pilot 4-day work week plans, and trials have shown increased productivity and well-being.
Bill Bostock from Insider writes:
“The United Arab Emirates is moving federal employees to a four-and-a-half day work week to “boost productivity and improve work-life balance,” the government announced Tuesday.
From January 1, 2022, the weekend will start at 12 p.m. local time on Friday and run until Sunday night, the government said. The current weekend runs from Thursday night to Saturday night.
The move would ensure “longer weekends to boost productivity and improve work life balance,” the UAE Media Office tweeted.
The new working day will be 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, the government said.
It is unclear if companies in the private sector are to follow suit in this new working week…”
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