Will there ever be a rule to work four days a week in India? These countries are on the list of ‘4-day work week’

Belgium has become the new country to join a country federation that gives its employees the option to work a “4-day work week” or four days a week. Let us tell you that many countries are quickly adopting the ‘4-day work week’ pattern. This rule has been introduced in many countries. Let us know in which countries employees are allowed to work 4 days in the office without a salary reduction.


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the first country in the world to adopt a 4-day work week. The UAE announced in 2022 that all government agencies in the country would henceforth work four and a half days a week, starting Friday afternoon and through Sunday. The full day working hours in this country will be Monday to Thursday (7:30 am to 3:30 pm) and employees can work on Friday (7:30 am to 12 noon), after that it will be half a day to o’ clock.


Scotland started a four-day work week on a trial basis, as promised during campaigns by the ruling party. While workers’ working hours were reduced by 20%, there was no loss of compensation.


Like Scotland, Spain also announced a four-day work week. The government has agreed to a 32-hour workweek for three years without any cuts in workers’ compensation.

Japan will end its ‘overwork death’ culture.

Following Spain’s lead, Japan is considering introducing a four-day working week. This decision is somewhat surprising as workers in Japan tend to work overtime. People die from overwork because they have little or no time for vacation.

New Zealand

Unilever New Zealand, a multinational consumer goods company, introduced a one-year, four-day workweek with no pay cuts for its employees in December 2020.


‘4 Day Work Week’ Ireland starts with six months of testing. The launch was officially launched in June 2021.

United States of America (US)

The United States may soon introduce a ‘4-day work week’ along with other countries.


Like other countries, the government is considering shortening the working week in India. However, employees must work a minimum of 48 hours. If the four-day rule applied, employees would have to work 12 hours a day. In such a situation, employees with a higher Provident Fund (PF) may face a reduction in home wages.

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