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The 4 Day Week - pr_1724146

The 4 Day Week

By Andrew Barnes

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How the Flexible Work Revolution Can Increase Productivity, Profitability and Well-being, and Create a Sustainable Future

Product code: 9780349424903

ISBN 9780349424903
On Sale Date 14/01/2020
The 4 Day Week is an essential guide for business leaders and employees alike that is applicable to nearly every industry. It is a cogent, innovative response to the fourth industrial revolution.

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Barnes presents a productivity-focused, reduced hour model

Sue, Paper Plus Masterton - January 2020

The concept of the ‘four day working week/six hour day’ is not new nor exclusive in idea to the author, but Andrew Barnes brings together the ideas and practicalities of the theory and the impact he had on his business. There will be renewed interest in the topic after the Prime Minister of Finland, Sanna Martin was reported to have supported the concept. Whilst the Four Day idea is not set and sure government policy, the PM had discussed the idea in a panel discussion in previous years. The Guardian article certainly lit up the phone-boards of talkback radio over the summer holidays and had people pondering the pros and cons of the idea. “In a hyper-connected digital era, the four-day week can have the best of all worlds: optimal productivity, work-life balance and worker benefits. Andrew Barnes successfully trialed and implemented the scheme in his own business, the New Zealand trust company Perpetual Guardian. He asked his staff to design a four-day week that would permit them to meet their existing productivity requirements on the same salary but with twenty percent cut in work hours. The outcomes of this trial were stunning. People were happier, healthier, more engaged in their personal lives, and more focused and productive in the office. Barnes presents a productivity-focused, reduced hour model and uses his data to promote its benefits.