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The 4 Day Week: How the Flexible Work Revolution Can Increase Productivity, Profitability and Well-being, and Create a Sustainable Future
 

The 4 Day Week: How the Flexible Work Revolution Can Increase Productivity, Profitability and Well-being, and Create a Sustainable Future (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Barnes, Andrew

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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, an...d 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 world of work has seen a dramatic shift in recent times: the former security and benefits associated with permanent employment are being displaced by the less stable gig economy. Barnes explains the dangers of a focus on flexibility at the expense of hard-won worker protections, and argues that with the four-day week, we can have the best of all worlds: optimal productivity, work-life balance, worker benefits and, at long last, a solution to pervasive economic inequities such as the gender pay gap and lack of diversity in business and governance. 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. The story of Perpetual Guardian's unprecedented work experiment has made headlines around the world and stormed social media, reaching a global audience over 4.5 billion. A mix of trenchant analysis, personal observation and actionable advice, The 4 Day Week is an essential guide for leaders and workers seeking to make a change for the better in their work world.
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ISBN 9780349424903
Released NZ 14 Jan 2020
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780349424903
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint Piatkus Books
Released 14 Jan 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Barnes, Andrew
Category Business Strategy
Business Ethics
Management & Management Techniques
Management Decision Making
Time Management
Personnel & Human Resources Management
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 232mm
Spine: 22mm
Dewey Code 331.257
Weight 300g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Four-day week, Hours of labor
NBS Text Management & Business: General
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly

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