More companies here say they plan to bring in a four-day working week after taking part in a global pilot project.
12 companies, who trialled a shorter working week, say they were happy with staff productivity levels, while workers reported better of life-satisfaction and more time spent sleeping and exercising.
The project, backed by Fórsa and carried out in partnership with Four-Day Week Ireland, University College Dublin, and Boston College, looked at the financial, social, and environmental impact a four-day working week would have on businesses and employees in Ireland.
The results of the study found 100% of employees would like to continue with the shorter working week.
Staff in the pilot companies also reported better work-family and work-life balance, and lower levels of stress, burnout and fatigue. Participants also said work-family conflict significantly declined.
It was noted that the study was particularly successful for women, as they reported a significantly greater improvement in life satisfaction, were able to sleep more and also reported feeling more secure in their job.