Wales could be moving one step closer towards adopting a four-day working week, after a Senedd Committee announced it would explore the potential benefits in an inquiry.
More than 1,600 people signed a petition calling on the Welsh Government to lead the way by supporting trials of a four-day week with no loss of pay.
Trials are already underway in countries including New Zealand, the US, Ireland and Canada.
Many businesses across Wales have adopted their own four-day weeks, with staff at one Cardiff hair salon saying they feel "happier and healthier".
A study revealed that a shift to shorter hours could create almost 40,000 new public sector jobs and would be supported by more than 60% of people in Wales.
Numerous studies have shown that moving to a four-day week boosts productivity and workers' wellbeing.
Around 30 UK companies are currently taking part in a six-month pilot scheme, which will measure whether employees can operate at 100% productivity for 80% of the time.
The world's largest ever trial in Iceland between 2015 and 2019 was recently hailed as an "overwhelming success", while in Japan, a trial at Microsoft saw productivity went up by 40%, according to researchers.
The Welsh Senedd Petitions Committee is planning to take evidence from a range of people and organisations.
Jack Sargeant MS, Chair of the Petitions Committee, said: "This is an exciting policy area which is developing momentum across the globe.
"As Chair of the Petitions Committee, I look forward to taking evidence from a range of witnesses about the possible benefits of a four-day working week."
Mark Hooper, who organised the petition, said: "As someone who has led an organisation that ran a four-day week, I'm really pleased that the Committee has decided to undertake a short inquiry.
"It's not appropriate to wait and see what others do on an issue as important as this."
"I'm looking forward to sharing my real-life experience; good, bad and indifferent, as well as putting forward a case for specific Welsh-based learning on the subject."