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Trials of a four-day working week in Iceland have been lauded an "overwhelming success", with research revealing the initiative helped increase productivity, and led to an overall improvement in workers' wellbeing.

"Organisation was key to working less — and the reward of reduced hours provoked people to organise their work more efficiently — with changes made to how meetings were run, as well as schedules, and in some cases to opening hours," the report noted.

"In some instances, meetings were avoided by instead sending emails or exchanging information electronically."

The trials also resulted in a marked improvement in worker wellbeing, which increased across a range of indicators, from perceived stress and burnout to health and work-life balance. 

Allowing people to be flexible and have more time to themselves results in a better workforce and community, lessons for all other countries in how we organise our societies