Four day work week a huge success.
That’s the experience of a company in New Zealand – Perpetual Garden.
It employs 240 people.
And the measured impacts are amazing.
The company in its landmark trial of the four-day working concluded that it was a total success.
Academics studied the trial before, during and after its implementation, collecting qualitative and quantitative data.
Some of the results were as follows:
78 per cent of the employees felt they were able to manage their work demands with their life balance ideals, a gain of 24 per cent from previous percentages.
Helen Delaney, a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland Business School, said employees’ motivation and commitment to work increased because they were included in the planning of the experiment, and played a key role in designing how the four-day week would be managed so as not to negatively impact productivity.
“Employees designed a number of innovations and initiatives to work in a more productive and efficient manner, from automating manual processes to reducing or eliminating non-work-related internet usage,” said Delaney.
“It was just a theory, something I thought I wanted to try because I wanted to create a better environment for my team,” Perpetual Guardian CEO Andrew Barnes told CNN. “I’m humbled that my team has responded, and they went beyond my wildest dreams.”