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Belgium Joins The List Of Nations Enjoying A Four-Day Work Week

As Malaysians who work five days a week, jealousy seeps in when we see yet another country joining in the four-day work week. On 15 February, the seven-party coalition federal government in Belgium reached a deal that allows Belgian employees work four days a week, and gives them rights to ignore work-related messages after work hours without facing repercussions.

According to Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, the pandemic has changed the way we work, which is why workers should be able to evolve too. "We have experienced two difficult years. With this agreement, we set a beacon for an economy that is more innovative, sustainable and digital. The aim is to be able to make people and businesses stronger," Croo said.

Besides that, employees can now request to work up to 10 hours a day, compared to the previous maximum of 8 hours. In return, they will be working one less day per week and receive the exact same pay. Employees will also be able to choose each week which schedule they would like to work.

This move may "benefit those who wish to spend more time with their children," Belgian labor minister Pierre-Yves Dermagne said. Just a month ago, the UK also announced plans to try out a four-day work week, while Iceland had a trial from 2015 to 2019 to prove that workers are happier, healthier, and more productive with a four-day work week.

It's time to follow in their footsteps Malaysia.


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