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A Company in New Zealand Tested a 4-Day Workweek (and the Results Sound *Really* Promising)

Three-day weekends are amazing, but they're not super common (sadly). But what if they were the norm? 

That's what one company in New Zealand wanted to find out, thus beginning an experiment we wish we were included in. 

Per The New York Times, at Perpetual Guardian, a firm in Wellington that manages trusts, wills and estates, employees were able, for a period of time, to work four days a week while being paid for five. (Are they hiring?)

And promisingly, the company says the experiment was so successful that it hopes to make the change permanent. (Seriously. Are they hiring?)

Basically, the change seemed to actually boost productivity among Perpetual Guardian's 240 employees, who said they also were able to spend more time with their families, exercising, cooking and gardening.

Jarrod Haar, a human resources professor at Auckland University of Technology, told The Times, “Supervisors said staff were more creative, their attendance was better, they were on time, and they didn’t leave early or take long breaks. Their actual job performance didn’t change when doing it over four days instead of five.”
Similar experiments have happened in Sweden and France, to which we say: America, what are you waiting for? 

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