A New Zealand company that manages trusts, estate planning, and wills, tried out a strategy to pay employees for a full work week despite only making them work for four days.
Perpetual Guardian tried out the strategy for an eight-week period between March and April to see if it offered employees a better work-life balance and made them more productive while in the office, according to The Guardian Thursday. (RELATED: New Zealand Is The Latest Country To Call For Privacy Protections On Facebook)
Researchers at Auckland University of Technology then tested Perpetual Guardian’s strategy to see if their innovative work plan was more effective, according to the New Zealand Herald. The researchers found that 78 percent of employees were able to successfully deal with a work-life balance, an increase of 24 percent. The employees’ stress levels decreased by 7 percent while their life satisfaction increased by 5 percent. (RELATED: New Zealand’s Prime Minister Becomes The First World Leader To Give Birth In Office In Nearly 30 Years)
“If you can have parents spending more time with their children, how is that a bad thing?” said Andrew Barnes, the Perpetual Guardian’s founder. (RELATED: New Zealand’s Prime Minister Becomes The First World Leader To Give Birth In Office In Nearly 30 Years)
“Are you likely to get fewer mental health issues when you have more time to take care of yourself and your personal interests? Probably … if you have fewer people in the office at any one time, can we make smaller offices?” he added. (RELATED: Anglican Church To Bless Gay Marriages In New Zealand)
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