Four-day week trial a suc­cess

The Guardian Weekly - - International News -

The New Zealand com­pany be­hind a land­mark trial of a four-day work­ing week has de­clared it a suc­cess and will be adopt­ing the sched­ule full-time.

Al­most 250 staff at Per­pet­ual Guardian, which man­ages trusts, wills and es­tate plan­ning, tri­alled a four-day work­ing week in March and April, work­ing four eight-hour days but getting paid for five. Aca­demics found staff at the firm’s of­fices around the coun­try re­ported lower stress lev­els, higher job sat­is­fac­tion and an im­proved work-life bal­ance. Per­pet­ual Guardian’s founder An­drew Barnes said staff could choose whether to opt into a four-day week, and lawyers had been con­sulted to en­sure the sys­tem would abide by New Zealand em­ploy­ment law.

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