Office Switched To A Four Day Work Week With Surprising Results

July 20, 2018

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There is more evidence that a four day work week is not only healthier for employees but better for the productivity of a company. A university in New Zealand worked with an employer on an experiment where half of it's 240 employees were paid for 40 hours a week but only worked 32 hours, essentially four days a week. The results were beyond positive.  Rather than productivity being slowed, it improved, along with lower employee stress levels and an overall better life satisfaction.  The study found that given more control over their time at the office, employees stopped wasting time and worked smarter, not harder. Supervisors said staff were more creative, their attendance was better, they were on time, and they didn’t leave early or take long breaks. The business enjoyed benefits too, with lesser electricity costs because there were fewer employees at work at one time.  The results of this experiment echoes others where a reduced work week creates better employees and lower operational costs. The experiment was such a success that the founder of the company is pushing for the entire staff to switch to a four day work week.

SOURCE: New York Times

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