As you must have heard by now, the Perpetual Guardian is in the process of getting everything set for a permanent implemention of a 4-day work week.
A 4-day work week usually refers to compressed hours. This means working a 40-hour work week over 4 days, 10 hours a day. But this New Zealand company took it a few steps further. They have eliminated one work day completely and had their staff working an 8 hour schedule, 4 days a week.
This notable experiment has confirmed the positive effects of a shortened work week on: employee work-life balance, job satisfaction, creativity, efficiency, and more. Work did not suffer one bit and the company decided to keep this schedule.
However, they’ve ran into some legal difficulties regarding implementation of a 4-day work week, even though New Zealand is one of the few countries which pride themselves in a flexible work policy. This policy legally allows employees to ask their employers for changes in their work hours, work days or work place.
The problem seems to be that under the New Zealand law, workers accrue vacation time based on time spent in the office. This calculation is one of the examples of how much the concept of work has changed. It has actually changed so much, that the work legislations in most countries have trouble keeping up.
“You’ve got to make the legislation more flexible because it doesn’t really contemplate different methods of working,”
Andrew Barnes, CEO, Perpetual Guardian
Such outdated laws will need to be adjusted for new forms of working arrangements. And of course, so will the rest of the working regulations infrastructure.
For example, our company provides an employee timesheets application. Timesheets are mandatory to keep in most countries. We work hard to keep up with trends, offering an app which supports a 4-day work week and most of the other flexible work arrangements. For instance, you can register hours when working remotely with our mobile app since remote work is becoming very common.
We are aware that there were times, when going to work meant going to the workplace, from 9 to 5, 5 days a week. But nowadays flexible work in all forms is already doing wonders for many companies’ productivity and many employees’ well being. We support this progress and expect state legislators around the world to simplify the adoption of flexible work arrangements.
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