Professional services firm trials nine-day fortnight

Advisory firm, Grant Thornton is trialling a nine-day fortnight in what it believes to be a first for the professional services industry in New Zealand.

A statement from the company says the trial launched on 1 January 2024, and will see staff working for nine days but paid for 10.

Russell Moore, National Managing Partner at Grant Thornton New Zealand, expects the nine-day fortnight will refresh the firm’s people, improve their wellbeing, and attract and retain talent, which in turn will strengthen the services and experiences clients receive.

Moore says that “with so many of the professional services’ workforce reporting burnout and its associated physical and mental health issues, it’s time for meaningful change within the industry”.

“We want to deliver the best possible outcomes for our people and our clients; in today’s climate this requires listening to people’s needs and taking some bold steps.”

He adds that this is the gift of time. “Our people will benefit from the extra time to pursue hobbies, catch up on personal admin, or to simply decompress and recharge.”

Moore adds that the company will be closely engaging with clients throughout the trial to ensure the quality it delivers and that their experience meets their expectations.

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