“I have had a lot of people suggesting that we should have a four day week. In the end, it really is between employers and employees,” said Ardern.
However, the idea has merit in that it could give domestic travelers “flexibility in terms of travel and leave,” she added. Ardern noted that 60% of New Zealand’s tourism industry comes from the local population.
“There are a lot of things we have learned about Covid and just the flexibility of people working from home, the productivity that can be gained from it,” she said.
The Prime Minister encouraged employers to consider allowing more flexible working hours – including remote working and planning longer hours on fewer days – if possible, “as this would certainly help tourism across the board. country”.
Four-day work weeks have become more popular recently, as employers are investigating whether a tighter schedule can increase productivity.
By working only four days a week, employees all reported higher productivity, better work-life balance and reduced stress, according to the company, which had approximately 240 employees.
The results are promising: while the time spent at work has been considerably reduced, productivity – measured by sales per employee – has increased by almost 40% compared to the same period of the previous year, the company said. .
As a result, Microsoft has announced that it will continue another experiment in Japan and has also asked other companies to join the initiative.