One study concluded that the UK is about to enter an era in which the efficiency of automation processes and the integration of artificial intelligence into workplaces can open space for the introduction of weeks of work with only four days.
The document explains that if the benefits of applying these technologies were to cover employees, it would then be possible to readjust the workweeks of human labor. The research, carried out by the Social Market Foundation (SMF), says that even in companies where the benefits obtained from the implementation of robots are minimal, there is room to reduce the workload of workers.
In the UK, there are voices within the Labor Party that use this thematic as a flag. The idea is supported by the Federation of Trade Unions (TUC), which recently advocated the implementation of a four-day working week by the voice of the Secretary-General, Frances O'Grady, who believes that this system can be implemented at national level , even before the end of this century.
British workers spend an average of 42 hours a week at work but produce 16% less than their counterparts in other leading economies in the European market. According to SMF, a 10 percent increase in a company's productivity can lower this average to 38 hours per week, while benefits and wages remain level, as is already the case in Norway and Denmark. If this growth reached 30%, employees could enjoy a work week of only 32 hours (8 hours of work x 4 days a week).
In order for workers to enjoy the introduction of these technologies, and with the consequent increase in the productivity of their companies, governments must also be aware of this. Without the right measures, it will be difficult, by the simple will of the heads, that the weeks of work be reduced. One of the proposals made in this sense suggests that the large firms are obliged to publish the average income they generate per worker, so that it is shown how this value oscillates in relation to the wages paid.
Finally, Scott Corfe, SMF's chief economist, says that the implementation of new technologies in the workplace also creates new problems. "Some companies are using new technologies to monitor all employees' movements, including the time they spend in the bathroom. We need to ensure that technology is implemented in an ethical way, so that dignity at work is maintained and workers to be consulted during this process ".