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Should we all work a four-day week?

Guardian Live

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 from 19:00 to 20:30 (GMT)

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Join our panel of speakers, including Kate Bell, head of economics, rights and international at the Trade Unions Congress; Lord Dennis Stevenson, co-author of Thriving at Work; and Lynda Gratton, professor of management practice at London Business School; and chaired by Guardian head of special projects Mark Rice-Oxley, as they discuss the rise of work-related stress, and what flexible working could mean for the workforce.

In 2016/17, more than half a million people in the UK suffered from work-related stress, depression or anxiety, and according to the Health and Safety Executive, 12.5m working days were lost as a result. At the same time, more than a million people are unemployed, and at least the same number again are underemployed. Could the imbalance be addressed by adopting a four-day week?

The five-day working week is less than 100 years old, born of the Great Depression as a means of creating jobs. But in a busy world soaked in stress, where parents struggle to juggle and digital technology means we are "always on", it appears increasingly anachronistic and counterproductive. A trial of the four-day week in New Zealand has proven a great success - but is it realistic for the majority? What impact would implementing it in the UK have on business and the workforce?

Our panel will be looking at the health and social impacts of the culture of working too hard, how we can better balance our longevity with our longer careers, and asking: is there a better way? More panellists to be announced.

Running time: 90 minutes, no interval.

Wheelchair users and visitors who require an assistant may bring a companion free of charge. To book a free companion ticket please email guardianlive.events@theguardian.com 

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The Guardian
Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 from 19:00 to 20:30 (GMT)


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