Is a 4 Day Working Week the Way of The Future?

Liz joined the recruitment industry in 2006 and joined people2people in 2010 to assist with building business in Western Sydney..Read more

Let me start by saying that since returning to work after the birth of my third child last year, I have been working a 4 day week and I love it!  For me, it’s not just the work side of things, it’s having more time to get stuff done on the weekends that is the massive bonus.  So I was very interested when I read this article this morning about a company in New Zealand who has trialled a 4 day week with 240 office staff.

Feedback is that the staff are happier, more work is getting done and people are working together more cohesively than when they were working 5 days a week.  This is because they HAVE to be more organised, focused, productive and results driven.  Apparently, most of us are only actually productive 3 hours a day (don’t tell my boss this one, he would say ‘I told you so!’)

The trial has been a success and the company is looking at rolling it out as a permanent arrangement in their business.  And just in case you are wondering – the people get paid for 5 days work but only work 4!

In a world where companies are struggling to find a point of difference to attract staff, this could be a winning idea!  Who doesn’t want to get paid a full week’s wages for working 4 days?!




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