About 70 companies are taking part in what is thought to be the world's biggest pilot scheme into the working pattern over the next six months. The experiment has been organized by a group campaigning for a shorter working week, but with no loss in wages. During the trial, employees will get 100% pay for 80% of the hours they would usually work, with the aim of being more productive. Sam Smith, co-founder of Pressure Drop Brewery in Tottenham, North London, said it felt "like a good time" for the firm to be trying different working practices. "The pandemic's made us think a great deal about work and how people organize their lives," he added. "We're doing this to improve the lives of our staff and be part of a progressive change in the world that will improve people's mental health and wellbeing."

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