In particular, according to A Semester programme Whoever starts will be awarded one day holiday Every week for hundreds of workers, without reducing their wages, according to what he mentioned The Business Times.
This program aims to study the possibility that working four days can make workers happier and at the same time more productive.
It highlights the broader changes taking place in the German labor market, at a time when a shortage of skilled workers is putting pressure on companies to find ways to make themselves attractive to workers.
These shortages, coupled with high inflation, have encouraged workers in all industries to do so Striving to increase wages And maintain it Flexibility And independence Acquired during the pandemic, through remote work.
But the problem is expected to get worse: Germany's workforce is expected to shrink by more than seven million. Until 2035At a time when births and migration, which fuel the labor market, are falling far short of needs.
It is worth noting that in addition to the increase in employee productivity, companies are also expected to benefit from this – Reducing expensive licensesDue to stress, illness and exhaustion.
At the same time, supporters of the four-day work week argue that it is possible Attract untapped potential On the labor market in Germany – a country that has one of the highest rates of part-time workers in the European Union, also among women, according to Eurostat.