4 Day Week phenomenon told in new book

An idea that sparked a global rethink of working life and the future of work will be told in a new book, The 4 Day Week: How the Flexible Work Revolution Can Increase Productivity, Profitability and Wellbeing, and Create a Sustainable Future by Andrew Barnes with Stephanie Jones.

Barnes’ New Zealand company Perpetual Guardian created global media fascination with its flexible work model after it successfully trialled and implemented the four-day week, resulting in a 20% lift in employee productivity, a 27% reduction in work stress levels, and a 45% increase in employee work-life balance.

In The 4 Day Week, Barnes presents a radical, convincing case for a sustainable, profitable future in which we work less, but are more productive, engaged and satisfied. He argues that the five-day working week is outdated and no longer fit for purpose in a hyper-connected era. With the four-day week, Barnes says we can have the best of all worlds: optimal productivity, work-life balance, and benefits for both employees and employers.

“With its emphasis on productivity, the four-day week tackles hard issues facing our world, for example: stress and the breakdown in mental health, gender equality in pay, and the climate crisis,” says Barnes.

The four-day week concept has proven to be extraordinarily popular around the world. Media coverage of the four-day week has reached people in 70+ countries through more than 3,500 news articles and 11,500 social media posts.

“What started as a simple experiment in a single company has become a global movement,” said Barnes. “The four-day week is a big idea for the 2020s.”


About Andrew Barnes
Andrew Barnes has made a career of market-changing growth and innovation. Most recently Andrew triggered a revolution of the entire fiduciary and legal services industries in New Zealand, and his conception of the four-day week - the flexible work revolution - has made him a globally sought-after leader.

Andrew lives in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

The 4 Day Week

Andrew Barnes with Stephanie Jones

ISBN: 9780349424903

TPB | $37.99

Publishes 14.01.2019

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