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The 4 Day Week
Barnes Andrew

Classification : Business, Management & Economics
Pub Date : Feb 06, 2020
Imprint : Piatkus
Page Extent : 240
Binding : PB
ISBN : 9780349426990
Price : 399

About the book
In The 4 Day Week, entrepreneur and business innovator Andrew Barnes makes the case for the four-day week as the answer to many of the ills of the 21st-century global economy. Barnes conducted an experiment in his own business, the New Zealand trust company Perpetual Guardian, and 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 a 20% cut in work hours. The outcomes of this trial, which no business leader had previously attempted on these terms, were stunning. People were happier and healthier, more engaged in their personal lives, and more focused and productive in the office. The 4 Day Week is a practical, how-to guide for business leaders and employees alike that is applicable to nearly every industry. Using qualitative and quantitative data from research gathered through the Perpetual Guardian trial and other sources by the University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology, the book presents a step-by-step approach to preparing businesses for productivity-focused flexibility, from the necessary cultural conditions to the often complex legislative considerations.

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More flexible working hours and the 4-day-week are long overdue and it is mind-boggling why policy-makers have not been pushing for this earlier given the pressures on work-life balance. Luckily there are visionary business leaders like Andrew Barnes who dare to implement progressive company policies and have them evaluated scientifically . . . This book is a must-read for all progressive managers that care about people, profits and planet - because, yes, a 4-day-week would also make our economies more sustainable. If ever there was a triple win, this would have to be it>
This book is no radical left manifesto, but a research-based study that the authors firmly believe can be the future of capitalism and a prosperous economy. The 4 Day Week is an enjoyable read, with thought provoking ideas and research.
The 4 Day Week is well researched and up to date. It offers a springboard for further investigation. Barnes is thorough in addressing obstacles. This book certainly opens the opportunity for conversation in higher levels of management and between each of us about how and why we work>
Barnes is truly evangelical about the benefits (fewer commuter journeys) and the effects on the gender pay gap. He highlights compelling evidence around the positive financial impact too, claiming his own firm saw profitability increase by 12.5% since the trial period. The writing is punchy and . . . offers plenty of evidence for anyone seeking to [implement a four-day week]>
Great books stretch us. They broaden and deepen intellect, trigger emotion, create momentum and generate hope. The Four Day Week delivers that>
     
Barnes Andrew