An interesting Off Topic that many of you working folk might be interested in: the four-day working week.
I saw some chatter recently about trials being run at a New Zealand company, where trustee and will managers Perpetual Guardian released results of a trial. The idea was to swap out the traditional five-day working week with a four day week, with teams and managers detailing their regular tasks and finding ways to meet deadlines and productivity within four days instead of five.
An infographic released by Perpetual found that work-life balance improved, staff stress decreased, productivity levels were maintained, and team engagement metrics rose. The study didn’t change the general hours people worked over those four days, although there’s been suggestion of maintaining the same amount of hours throughout the week with four 10-hour days.
So let’s try that as a simple exercise. If you were given the option to work four days, but your hours were extended to ten hours instead of the usual eight (lunch or dinner break not included), would you take it?