App-based Atom Bank has introduced a four-day workweek for its 430 employees without cutting their pay. Staff now works for 34 hours over four days and get Monday or Friday off. Mark Mullen, CEO of Atom Bank says that “doing 9-5, Monday to Friday is a pretty old-fashioned way of working.” Atom is the United Kingdom’s first mobile bank and offers business loans services. An experiment by Microsoft Japan in 2019, in which staff worked a four-day workweek on full pay, resulted in a 40% increase in sales. According to Ben Willmott, head of public policy at the Chartered Institute of Professional Development, the change is a positive move but the problem of simply reducing people’s working hours without other changes is that you can increase workers’ stress. Meanwhile, Mr. Mullen hopes that the change could attract new workers during the pandemic.