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Want a 4-Day Work Week? New Study Shows Success

Researchers said workers were more productive, more creative and work attendance was better.

July 19, 2018 - 2:34 pm
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The dream of a four-day work week could be reality if companies follow the example of a New Zealand business.

Perpetual Guardian manages estates, trusts and wills. They gave their 240 employees four-day work weeks in March and April. Employees worked 32 hours, but were paid for 40.

Researchers studied the results, and said the workers were more productive, more creative and work attendance was better. There were no long breaks. The employees also came back from their time off more refreshed.   

Part of the findings discovered that the employees weren't working efficiently before the cut in hours.

Two-hour meetings were shortened to 30 minutes, and employees created signals to notify fellow workers that they needed to focus on a current task.