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Experiment with Flexible Work Weeks in Denmark: The Radisevej Dormitory Successfully Adapts to the New Schedule

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 3, 2024
Copenhagen tests out four-day working week with number of applicants doubling

The Danish parliament approved an experiment on flexible working weeks in 2023, proposed by the Alternativet party Christian Jakobsen. In Copenhagen, 14 workplaces are participating in the trial, which began on April 1. Among them is the Radisevej dormitory, which provides mental health services. The manager of Radisevej believes that this new work schedule is here to stay.

The four-day work week involves employees working four one-day shifts followed by three days off, totaling 37 working hours a week but with longer days than before. After the trial, workplaces will evaluate whether to permanently adopt the schedule. This is not the first experiment of its kind in Denmark; previous trials have been conducted in municipalities like Esbjerg, Vejen, and Odsherred.

Labor market researcher Janne Gleerup mentioned that similar experiments have been conducted in the business world for some time but now public sector workplaces are also embracing this change. Among the participating workplaces in Copenhagen is Radisevej dormitory where reorganization was required but has been well received by employees. Jonas Ammitzbøll, the director of Radisevej’s unit, has already seen positive effects on recruitment and hopes for a better balance between work and free time.

The trend of adapting to a more flexible work schedule is also seen in other countries such as Finland’s central trade union organization SAK’s proposal for an experiment with shortened working hours. Reports from a British experiment on a four-day work week showed improvements in physical and psychological health for participants leading to reduced stress levels and other benefits. Overall, this transition to a four-day work week is an ongoing experiment with potential benefits for both employees and employers aligning with societal changes towards greater flexibility and work-life balance.

By Samantha Nguyen

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