Following the trial, satisfaction with work-life balance increased from 54 percent to 78 percent and stress levels dropped from 45 percent to 38 percent. "We are going to give you the responsibility to figure out how this works for each team, how productivity stays up, and how we can continue to deliver to our customers despite the changing work hours".
According to the study of human resources professor at Auckland University of Technology Jarrod Haar, overall stress-level of the employees declined and work-life balance improved.
From a traditional management and operations perspective, those numbers might sound a little insane, but for the company's founder Andrew Barnes the risky gambit actually paid off.
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Other experiments to cut back work hours have fizzled, such as Sweden's six-hour workday trial.
Let's say that again: employees got just as much work done in four days as in five.
They said the change motivated them to find ways of increasing their productivity while in the office, including cutting meetings to 30 minutes at a time and signalling to colleagues when they needed no distractions.
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Iceland conducted a similar trial, allowing some Reykjavik city workers to reduce their working week by four or five hours. The employees also had greater work satisfaction and fewer days off sick.
But for office workers it may be a case of Parkinson's law which states that "work expands to fill the time available for its completion". Beyond the benefits seen in the workplace, Barnes said there could be wider implications should the four-day work week be more widely adopted.
Part-time work can also help increase the diversity of the workforce, and is reported to be one of the reasons behind online retailer Amazon's experiment with shorter days.
Because of this win-win effect, the founder and CEO says he's now trying to make the four-day structure a permanent part of the company ongoing, beyond the end of the two-month trial; he is recommending the change be adopted by the company's board.
"Employees designed a number of innovations and initiatives to work in a more productive and efficient manner, from automating manual processes to reducing or eliminating non-work-related internet usage", she told the Guardian newspaper.
In a survey taken late a year ago, only 54 percent of respondents said they felt able to manage their work-life balance.