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Split workers into A and B teams on a three-day week? How to get economy out of crisis

A split three-day week with workers separated into two different teams should be considered as part of the economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, a report has urged.

The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) has suggested firms arrange "A teams" and "B teams", typically working Monday to Wednesday or Thursday to Saturday.

The idea is based on a similar arrangement in South Korea and would help enable social distancing at work and ease congestion on the roads, cycling infrastructure and public transport, the report said.

It is thought workers would then have greater choice to combine their jobs with caring, learning, or volunteering and lead to a future of more flexible work for both employers and employees.

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Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the RSA, said: "The crisis can be an opportunity for positive change.

"We need to get back to work, but there is no going back to normal, even if we wanted to.

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