Trial of 4-Day Work Week Hailed as Huge Success

A company in New Zealand that tested four-day work weeks says the experiment was so successful that it wants to make it permanent

Work-life balance, which reflected how well respondents felt they could successfully manage their work and non-work roles, increased by 24%. Stress went down. And the missed hours didn't affect job performance, which actually slightly improved.

Before the trial, 54 percent of Perpetual Trust employees were happy with their work-life balance, and this increased to 78 percent with the four-day working week in place.

"They worked out where they were wasting time and worked smarter, not harder", Haar said.

The employees were paid for five days of work throughout the trial. "We believe efficiency will come with more staff focus and motivation, and this trial is a valuable and timely way to test our theories". "Now, because there was a prize-namely to have a day off-all of those little things got addressed or got identified".

Generally, though, Delaney said few staff reported struggles or concerns in regards to having extra time, often spending it with friends and family, and in a few cases, people weren't sure what to do with it.

Workers were less compelled to check social media and they were less distracted by out-of-work projects. They started experimenting with signals on their desks-like a flag in a small pot next to their computer-to indicate to coworkers when they shouldn't be interrupted.

As part of the trial, Barnes asked two researchers to track the impact on employees.

Helen Delaney, a lecturer at the University of Auckland, explained to the Guardian how they planned to do this. But when France mandated a 35-hour work week in 2000, businesses complained of reduced competitiveness and increased hiring costs. "If people work more efficiently or remotely, coming to the office less frequently, what does that mean for urban design?"

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The company is now moving forward to implement the change permanently, though it has to sort through some bureaucratic issues-like the fact that under New Zealand law, workers accrue vacation time based on time spent in the office.

There was also the question of whether people got paid overtime, if they couldn't get through all their work in four days. "Why? This is about productivity". "It's not the old style 5-days, 40 hours a week". We bring you everything the modern professional needs to know about the future of work. "This gives a day off for someone to study and retrain".

Companies that want to follow this example need to plan, he says. And companies will likely have to deal with skepticism.

"Don't get me wrong: I'm a huge believer in the restorative and galvanizing power of vacations, especially global travel", Clark said. "Probably. if you have fewer people in the office at any one time, can we make smaller offices?" "Because if you get inadequate leadership through the process, it will fail as well".

Barnes has put in a request with Perpetual Guardian's board for the four-day work week to be made official, CNN reported.

A company in New Zealand has been researching the benefits of their employees working for four days per week, rather than the usual five days - and the results are incredibly positive.

Bill Newson, national secretary of Etu union, said in principle Etu welcomed the trial but the devil was in the detail. "I think it's something that can work in a lot of office jobs".


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