Kiwi firm experiments with four-day working week

The Four Day Work Week Is A Proven Success For Boosting Productivity

According to him, not only would this help them manage their personal affairs better with their extra day off, it would also aid them in focusing at work.

Perpetual Guardian's founder Andrew Barnes says the results of the study advocate for employment systems based on contracts, not hourly commitments.

The study found that employees were able to maintain their job performance, while overall stress levels were reduced. Their findings underscored that the four-day workweek was a success with workers as well as the business.

"It was just a theory, something I thought I wanted to try because I wanted to create a better environment for my team", he told CNN.

"What that means is the team is 20 percent more productive in the office", he said. Earlier this year, Graham-McLay reports, the company's founder, Andrew Barnes, chose to see what would happen if he gave his people one more day a week off for a couple of months, reducing the required hours from 40 to 32 for the same pay.

But for office workers it may be a case of Parkinson's law which states that "work expands to fill the time available for its completion".

A New Zealand company tested four-day work weeks and found the experiment so productive it planned to make the move permanent.

The experiment has many implications, reigniting questions about productivity and a culture of long working hours, as well as the way in which part-time workers are valued and rewarded. Beyond the benefits seen in the workplace, Barnes said there could be wider implications should the four-day work week be more widely adopted. After the trial, that number jumped to 78 percent. One report suggests most of us spend just three hours a day actually working. "People are saying, 'You're progressive, we went to work for you.' It makes it easier to recruit".

Helen Delaney, a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland Business School, noted that employees were included in the planning process to ensure that productivity did not dip.

The experiment was measured by Jarrod Haar, Professor of Human Resource Management at Auckland University of Technology. The trial was conducted by outside researchers.

"Our leadership team reported that there was broadly no change in company outputs pre and during the trial", Barnes explained in a press statement.

The company's chief executive is now going to discuss with his board whether the four-day week should be introduced permanently.

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