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Four-day working week - Business English reading


Would it be nice to work just four days in a week? Do you think lawyers could work this way?


Read the article about the attempt to introduce such a system in Iceland and check the glossary and the flashcards below.



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GLOSSARY


overwhelming - very great or very large // difficult to fight against (przytłaczający)

["Trials of a four-day week in Iceland were an "overwhelming success"]


to lead to sth - to cause that sth happens or exists (prowadzić do czegoś)

["...and led to many workers moving to shorter hours,"]


to amount to sth - to become or add up to a particular amount (wynosić, równać się)

["which amounts to about 1% of Iceland's working population."]


service provider - sb who provides services (usługodawca)

["including preschools, offices, social service providers, and hospitals."]


association - a group of people united in an organization because of their common interests (stowarzyszenie, związek, towarzystwo)

["researchers from UK think tank Autonomy and the Association for Sustainable Democracy (Alda) in Iceland said."]


to gain the right to sth - to obtain the right to sth (uzyskać do czegoś prawo)

["now 86% of Iceland's workforce have either moved to shorter hours for the same pay, or will gain the right to"]


public sector - businesses and industries that are owned or controlled by the government (sektor publiczny)

["It shows that the public sector is ripe for being a pioneer of shorter working weeks"]


burnout - the state of having no energy or enthusiasm because of working too hard (wypalenie)

["Workers reported feeling less stressed and at risk of burnout"]


consumer goods - products that people buy for their own use (dobra konsumpcyjne)

["And consumer goods giant Unilever is giving staff in New Zealand a chance to cut their hours by 20%."]


to commission - to formally choose someone to do a special piece of work, or to formally ask for a special piece of work from someone (zlecić)

["In May, a report commissioned by the 4 Day Week campaign"]







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