As we reported before, the Magyar Telekom Group has been testing the introduction of the 4-day workweek. Now, a Hungarian city, Szombathely, has raised the same idea. The justification for the proposal is that the introduction of a 4-day workweek would increase the efficiency of workers.
The municipality of Szombathely is working on the introduction of a four-day working week, and it is expected to decide by the end of the summer on the conditions under which working hours can be reduced, Liner.hu reports.
The current plans are not to introduce it overnight, but only one proposal has been received, which the Commission argues is worth introducing because it would increase the efficiency of workers.
“It is about giving local government employees one more day of rest while doing the same amount of work, so that they can work more productively and efficiently in those four days. We are now looking into the possibility of this and we will decide in September whether or not to launch this trial run,” said Deputy Mayor Győző László.
According to the proposal, the new work schedule would be introduced for a six-month period at the municipality, after which a decision could be made on its continuation, atv.hu writes.
“At the moment we are in the preparatory phase, which means we are looking at the legal, work organisation and other possibilities to see if this idea is a good one and if it can be implemented. The proposal itself is to look at a six-month trial run from September,” the deputy mayor added.
It is not yet known what decision will be taken in the capital of Vas county. There are still two months until September, during which time they would like to examine the consequences from all points of view. In Hungary, there are already jobs in the market sector where employees only have to work four days a week.
According to an earlier article of ours, Magyar Telekom will launch a representative national survey which will be available online for everyone in July. The aim is to find out what employers and employees in the country think about the innovative solution.
Source: Liner.hu, atv.hu, Telex.hu, DNH