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According to a survey conducted, working 4 days in a week brings more productivity and commitment.
A company in New Zealand named Perpetual Guardian on March 5 2018 started an 8 week trial across 240 workers to find out what would be the impact on productivity and motivation at a firm if every member worked for 4 days a week.
And the results were astonishing. The staff`s stress level was decreased to 16%, work life balance was improved 44%, staff commitment was increased, stimulation, empowerment and leadership scores were all improved. The productivity was not at all dropped at any firm.
The branch manager at Perpetual Guardian said, " When I first heard about the four-day week I was bit suspicious. I was interested but I wondered what the catch was.
At the end of the trial the outcome was clear- Perpetual Guardian implemented its Four-Day Week programme on a long term, opt-in basis on November 1, 2018. Head of people at the firm Christine Brotherton said, " If employees are engaged with their job and employer, they are more productive. The trial was a valuable and timely way to test our theory that efficiencies will come with more staff and motivation."
Perpetual Guardian worked with The University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology to measure the outcomes of the company`s employee engagement and publish the results. That means any company looking at taking up the trial has a plan to work from.
And the firm has been inundated with requests for information since starting the project- with more than 350 requests from 28 countries.
Since the industrial revolution , one thing has remained constant - a belief that working longer and harder brings great achievement. But the times have changed now, people prefer less working days and this also brings great productivity.
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