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How can a 4-day working week contribute to sustainability & well-being?

How can a 4-day working week contribute to sustainability & well-being?

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The 4-day week campaign is gaining momentum on the premise of maintaining or increasing productivity while maintaining a 5-day week salary

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This shift as seen powerful change and positive impact in the businesses and organisations in which it has been adopted.

In this session, we will learn more about the pilot programme launched earlier this year by Four Day Week Ireland with the aim of trialling the effectiveness of a four-day week for Irish businesses. The pilot programme seeks to understand better the implications of reduced working time for productivity, human wellbeing and environmental sustainability in an Irish context. It has the potential to be a triple-dividend policy, which can simultaneously improve human, economic and ecological wellbeing. A four- day week could involve a shift in social priorities away from economic growth for its own sake and towards a more sustainable approach to improving living standards, reducing consumption, energy use and carbon emissions to the benefit of the individual, and society as a whole.

The pilot is part of an international collaboration with 4 Day Week Global, and will run on a coordinated, parallel basis in a number of countries including Ireland, the United States, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Our main speaker, Margaret Cox is a ‘4 Day Week and 3- day weekend’ Advocate and a Director of ICE Group - Pitman Training and Western Management Centre. Margaret has unique experience in leading and managing businesses and has enjoyed a successful career in Irish National Government (10 years as a Senator). Margaret’s goal is to make people's lives better – that of her team, clients, community and society at large.

Additional case studies to be shared from Cork Chamber member companies and international experience from Iceland.

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