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On Friday, the entire company has free

The Fund Manager Perpetual Guardian starts the weekend on Thursday evening. The new Zealand company has changed after a successful test phase, permanently by a Five - to a Four-day week. The 240 employees work 32 hours per week and still receive their full salary.

You've seen after the conversion to a massive increase in the commitment and satisfaction of workforce, said managing Director Andrew Barnes. The productivity is slightly increased, the stress level decreased. Previously, half of the employees had almost complained about long working hours and the difficult reconciliation of family and Job.

The model of a Four-day-a-week power to more and more places in school. The Berlin-based software company Planio is currently testing a shortened work week. Studies have shown that the productivity is reduced greatly, if you work more than 40 hours per week, explains the company's founder, Jan Schulz-Hofen in a blog entry. The revision could also have disadvantages for the health and the work climate.

"most of The customers were envious"

"It is a lot healthier, and we don't provide better performance, if we have an excessively long work days," said Schulz-Hofen, the Reuters news Agency. He tried the Four-day week, first of all, to yourself. Because he had realized that he would have to drive after a decade of intensive work down a bit. The model proved to be for him – so he introduced this to his ten-member Team.

During the Experiment, I realized the entrepreneur: He managed to do in four days, not less than in a regular work week. "In five days you think you have more time. So it takes more time and allows for more distractions. Drinking his coffee a little slower, and chat more with colleagues," says Schulz-Hofen. In a Four-day-a-week he had to work faster. "I had to concentrate in order to have my free Friday."

Who to call now on Friday at Planio, listen to the answering machine an explanation of why no one was reachable. The majority of the customers have responded well: "The majority have not complained. They were only Hofen jealous," says Schulz.

Four days of work for 85 percent of salary

A slightly different model, the US advertising Agency Grey New York offers its employees: These are allowed to work four days a week and receive 85 percent of their as much. Also in Japan and in the UK there are proposals to shorten the work week. Japan is, in particular, as a country of Workaholics are known. In a study by the government from the year 2016, 23 percent of the companies surveyed reported that some of their employees get more than 80 hours of Overtime per month. Always suicides worry as a result of the Revision of the headlines. The government encourages businesses, therefore, the employees each month in a Monday morning release.

The Ministry of economy, trade and industry, which has presented the campaign for so-called "Shining Mondays" ("Shiny mounting"), went ahead with a good example, and left a large part of its employees to a day of testing in the summer only for lunch in the office appear. A year ago, the government had already proposed the so-called "Premium Fridays": companies should let employees on Friday at 15 o'clock to go home – so that they consume and the economy could boost. The Whole thing had moderate success.

SP calls for a 35-hour week

in Switzerland there are demands for a shorter working week. The SP want to pay a 35-hour week for full. The calls in its latest economic paper, which was adopted at the SP Congress at the beginning of December.

"Especially in times of digitisation, which is expected to lead to a leap in Productivity, is the question of a reduction of working time is again relevant," says Gabriel Fischer, head of economic policy at the trade Union umbrella organisation Travail.Suisse. "Workers should have on this productivity increase in part – not only in the Form of wages, but also in the Form of time."

in Addition, with the digitisation of a transition to flexible working times go hand in hand. "Workers must be a greater part of the time available on-demand," says Fischer. You lose the sovereignty over working time and leisure time, which is why in the future, the design makes the employees had over their working hours, to strengthen.

connected

"people begin our Around-the distance around-the-clock-online life", says Lucie Greene, trend expert at the advertising Agency J. Walter Thompson to Reuters. "You realize the problems that go with it, if it is constantly connected with the work."

In a survey of 3000 employees, half of the respondents had indicated recently to be able to your tasks in five hours per day to meet – assuming they would not be distracted. Nevertheless, most worked about 40 hours per week. The survey was carried out by the company, Future Workplace, and the software company, Kronos, in the case of workers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany. "Thanks to technologies, you always have access to the work. People are burned out," says Dan Schawbel, chief of the Future Workplace.

Negative social contacts?

The Work of psychologist Angelika Kornblum of the ETH Zurich were the last to bear in mind that test runs would be supplied with shorter work weeks, although some promising results. Over the long-term prospects for this say but little.

The employees were not motivated in the first Moment, because they wanted to give back to the employer for a little. Whether this euphoria then suggest in the performance of work, if the Four-day week will become the Norm was not explored, according to Kornblum. A shorter working week could also increase the burden on the working days, and a negative impact on social contacts at the workplace. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 18.12.2018, 16:53 PM

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