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simonhaskell

15 Mar 2019, 20:12

3 Good Reason To Switch To A Four Day Week


One very hot topic at the moment is the growing number of UK firms which are now switching over to a four day working week.

Wait? What!?

Why would your office want to do that? What benefits could there possibly be to your business if you give all of your office staff an extra day off every week?

Well, you might be surprised, actually...

Here are just three good reasons why your office should start thinking about making the transition to a four-day week right now.

A Four Day Week Can Lower Stress Levels In The Office

A new study by the New Zealand financial services firm Perpetual Guardian has offered evidence that giving staff an extra day off from their working week lowers the stress levels of employees whenever they are back in the office.

The company gave all of its 240 staff an extra day off each week for eight weeks and noticed the annual work-life balance scores of employees shot up from 54 percent to 78 percent.

At the same time, staff stress levels dropped markedly to 38 percent from 45 percent.

Surely that’s a win-win, no?

A Four Day Week Increases Office Productivity

Perhaps more surprisingly, the same study, carried out at the end of 2018 but whose results have only just been released, also showed that there was no decrease at all in the total amount of work which got done over the two month period.

That’s right! Office productivity actually increased so efficiently that just as much work got done in four days as usually got done in five days.

After observing the results of the experiment, the founder and chief executive of Perpetual Guardian, Andrew Barnes, encouraged more businesses to switch to a four day week, saying:

“This is an idea whose time has come. We need to get more companies to give it a go. They will be surprised at the improvement in their company, their staff and in their wider community.”

A Four Day Week Saves On Office Expenses

And, if all that wasn’t enough to completely convince you, then let us tell you that a four-day week is also great for your bottom line.

How so?

Well, with fewer people in the office throughout the week your business can look forward to savings of over £10,000 every year on expenses such as office supplies, office cleaning and utility bills like electricity and water.

Think about it...

The lights and heating won’t be on for as many hours. There will be less frequent use of the water cooler and microwave. Fewer footsteps will be taken, meaning that you won’t have to clean your office carpets as often.

All of those savings can start to add up very quickly and will be reflected in your profits.

So there you go! Give all your office employees an extra day off each week and you should soon start to reap the many benefits...