Nearly 3,000 employees in 61 companies in the UK recently took part in the four-day workweek pilot program. Companies that participated could adopt different methods to "meaningfully" shorten their employees' workweeks but had to ensure the employees still received 100 percent of their pay. At the end of the experiment, employees reported a variety of benefits related to their wellbeing. Companies' revenue "stayed broadly the same" during the six-month trial, but rose 35 percent on average when compared with a similar period from previous years. Of the 61 companies taking part in the trial, 56 said they would continue to implement four-day workweeks after the pilot ended, 18 of which said the shift would be permanent. A majority of employees who experience the four-day workweek didn't want to go back to the standard five-day workweek. "It feels like I can breathe. It feels like I'm not constantly behind with my family life and feeling guilty and like squashing all of the jobs and errands and everything into two days," said Michelle, a media executive who prefers the four-day workweek.

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