Making the 4 Day Week Work

The idea of the four-day working week is that you will get 100% of your salary for 80% of your time, as long as you are 100% as productive. Of those taking part in the UK’s four-day week pilot, 95% say they are getting as much done as before and expect to continue after the pilot.

This one-day programme, held as Live Online Learning via Zoom, will help you understand the key elements required to make the four-day week work.

Course Overview


  • Standard Price

  • SME
    Fewer than 250 staff

  • Public Sector Price

  • Large Charity
    Over 31+ staff

  • Small Charity
    Fewer than 30 staff

  • *Per person, excluding VAT

  • Duration

    1 day
  • Location

    Interactive online sessions delivered via Zoom. The link is sent to you after booking.


Course Overview

Key Outcomes

By the end of this one-day workshop on Making the 4 Day Week Work, you will:

  • Be able to sell the four day week to colleagues
  • Understand the logistics of how the four day week works
  • Discover how to become as productive in 4 days as you were in 5
  • Develop an Action Plan for your organisation.

The Programme

The benefits

What are the benefits of a Four Day Week and how to sell them to your colleagues:

  • Selling the idea: the benefits that others have found
  • How it works across different sectors
  • Get more done in less time and see the benefit in your people’s well-being

The logistics

The Four Day Week is based on 32 hours. However this can take many different forms:

  • Involve your people at the beginning, give them the ability to make the decisions
  • Fixed day off or flexible working? Holidays and bank holidays
  • What happens to part-time workers?
  • Be aware of the challenges, not everybody may want it
  • Making the Four Day Week bottom-up, not top-down.
  • Dos and Don’ts, Surveys, newsletters, Yammer/Slack.

Productivity Blitz

How do you become as productive in four days (or 32 hours) as you were in five?

  • Focus: Avoid distractions and focus on “deep work”
  • Meetings: Reduce or shorten your meetings
  • Email: Create a culture that avoids email overload

Our standard Five Day Productivity Blitz involves 15 mins each morning, 15 mins each afternoon for a full week. We recommend your people do this learning before they start the four day week.

Action Plan: Getting the Four Day Week to work for you

What are your next steps?

  • Self-evaluate your current thinking, actions and behaviours
  • Reflect on a questions to enable you to take action and decide which next steps to prioritise
  • Decide on practical actions to make a four day week possible for your organisation

Group Learning Events

Looking for a private group event for your team, or even your whole organisation?

We can organise a date that works for you, and we can tailor the content to your team. Our private workshops can be held online, inhouse at your workplace or here at Happy's HQ in Aldgate, Central London (following current government guidelines).

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The Small Print

For Face-to-Face Live Online Learning

All learners will need to install Zoom on their machines. Full technical requirements are on the Zoom website. Your link will be included in your joining instructions once you have booked your place — if you haven't received this email then please contact our team.

You should reserve out 10am to 4.30pm in your diary for the learning. This will allow you to join the interactive workshops and have time to reflect and do the assignments in between. We believe immersing yourself in the content for a whole day will create deep learning and lasting impact. 

Learners should log into the training session 10 minutes before the start time to ensure that they have downloaded and set up Zoom correctly. The course will start precisely on time and it may not be possible to go back over material missed by late arrivals.

Your active participation is expected: everyone will be heard and seen throughout, just as they would be if we were in a room together. To be heard, hear and seen you will need a microphone, speakers and camera — if you have a modern laptop that’s all you will need. Remember, you’ll need a quiet place to call from and a decent internet connection is a must.

Please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions before booking for our payment terms and cancellation policy.

For classroom sessions

All public classroom sessions take place at Happy's HQ in London at Robert Dolan House, 9 Alie Street, London E1 8DE. Please see our Contact Us page for full directions and a PDF map.

The course will run from 10am to 4:30pm (lunch is served 1pm to 1:45pm — we offer a choice of 3 cold bowl dishes). Please be careful to arrive by 9.45am for registration and refreshments. The course will start precisely on time and it may not be possible to go back over material missed by late arrivals. If you arrive over 30 minutes late you may be asked to leave and attend another day.

Please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions before booking for our payment terms and cancellation policy.

The happy Guarantee

We want everyone to go away from our courses feeling as though they have learnt useful, practical skills that they can use straight away when they go back to work.

If you don’t feel that your training has been useful or if you are unhappy in any way, please get in touch with our Customer Services team within 30 days of the course. We will be happy to offer you additional support and training free of charge to help you to gain the skills you need, or if you’d prefer, a full refund.

Coronavirus Policy

In light of the current Coronavirus outbreak we want all of our customers to be reassured that we are working to maintain the highest standards of Health and Safety. We are monitoring the situation closely and are following all current Government guidelines.

Please see our Coronavirus Policy for more details and the latest information.

If you have any questions or concerns, our friendly team are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. You can leave a message on 020 7375 7300 or email us at