The four-day week initiative

The British NZ Business Association (BNZBA), with the support of the University of Auckland Business School, is hosting Perpetual Guardian’s Andrew Barnes who will be speaking on his company’s four-day week initiative.

BNZBA says that when association member Andrew Barnes embarked on the trial of a four-day work week with his 240 staff at Perpetual Guardian he could not have anticipated the global attention and coverage it would receive.

“Whilst there had been a number of other attempts to apply a modified working week, this was the first one to continue to pay employees for a five-day week but only require them to work for four days.

“The trial took place in March and April and as part of the trial the University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology were invited to provide objective analysis of the impact of the trial on the employees.”

BNZBA says the results of the trial and the universities’ reports were announced in July and immediately the project attracted global attention. The trial has featured extensively in the UK media including in The Telegraph and The Guardian. In addition, it has featured on CNN and was a top trending item in The New York Times.

BNZBA says for anyone wondering if this concept could work in their own business then this event is a great opportunity to hear from the man who devised the trial, as well as from Dr. Helen Delaney of the University of Auckland who has reviewed the outcome.

The event is being held on September 14 at the University of Auckland Business School. For further information see

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