Workplace Flexibility: Four-Day Work Week

“Research suggest that in an eight-hour work day, the average workers are only productive for 2 hours and 53 minutes”. The remaining 5 hours and 7 minutes are usually spent on unrelated work things, such as scrolling through social media, chatting to co-workers or preparing food and drinks (more).

Thinking of ways to simultaneously increase productivity levels while improving your employee’s work-life balance? A recent study has proven that implementing a four-day work week is effective in achieving just that.

The concept of a four-day work week has made international headlines after legal services trust, Perpetual Guardian, carried out an eight week trial on 240 staff members in 2018. Staff who opted to participate in the trial had the opportunity to work 4 days a week while their pay remained the same, and the results were a win-win.

Results showed job performance maintained in a 4 day work week, staff stress levels decreased from 45% to 38%, and work-life balance improved significantly from 54% to 78%.

Offering employees flexible work arrangements can lead to great increases in productivity, as staff feel a higher level of job satisfaction and engagement.

If your business is looking to implement flexible working arrangements, such as the four-day work week, check out Perpetual Guardian’s ‘white paper’ – a tool kit for businesses to achieve a more productive and engaging workplace.

“This is about working smarter, not about working longer” – Andrew Barnes, CEO of Perpetual Guardian. 

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