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More than half (57%) of workers across Europe believe that advances in technology will result in a four-day working week in the near future, according to Ricoh Europe.

Even if the move is some way off for many organisations, the research revealed that most employees, regardless of age, are keen to make a greater commitment at work and increase their productivity through technology. Nearly three-quarters (72%) said they want to contribute more at work.

However, 70% said they expect to upskill throughout their career in order to contribute more, while 63% believe technology should play a central role in helping them to work to the best of their abilities. More than two-thirds (69%) also believe that the best companies invest in digital technologies for upskilling staff, highlighting the vital impact that the right tools and training can have on job satisfaction and productivity.

David Mills, CEO of Ricoh Europe, said: “Business leaders should be encouraged by these findings. Employees are united by their desire to make an impact at work and achieve more. Recognising this is the first step to improving the sluggish productivity that has dogged Europe’s businesses especially since the economic crash of 2008. Our research highlights that the answer to the productivity puzzle doesn’t lie in squeezing employees to work hard or in chasing a vague idea of innovation. Instead, supporting employees in learning new skills and deploying tech-driven efficiencies will bring significant productivity results – and perhaps even a short working week.”