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Published 2 Aug 2022 | 2 min read
A group of New Zealand businesses will begin trialling a four-day working week next week, but one expert says employers should go even further with flexible working arrangements.
From Monday, August 1, 20 businesses across a range of industries will trial a four-day working week as part of a pilot study in New Zealand and Australia. The study is run by 4 Day Week Global, which has run similar pilots in Ireland, the United States, Canada, Spain and the UK. The foundation was founded after Andrew Barnes, head of trust company Perpetual Guardian, implemented a four-day week for his 240 staff in 2018, and saw productivity increase 20%.
Following this success, the 4 Day Week Global foundation was launched to research the benefits of the practice in businesses globally. The August trial is the first time the foundation has researched impacts of a four-day week on a range of businesses in Australia and New Zealand. The 20 businesses involved in the trial come from a variety of industries, including construction, software, digital marketing, law firms, finance and health.
4 Day Week Global co-founder Charlotte Lockhart said the range of industries taking part was a sign of the high level of interest in the workforce.