ROW Webinar: Rethinking work hours with a 4-day week



As COVID-19 forces a rethink on modern work practices, one idea has hit the headlines as a potential game-changer for productivity and workplace wellbeing.

Many in New Zealand will know of the success of the four-day working week at Perpetual Guardian. It made headlines around the world in 2019 when results showed the introduction of a compressed schedule delivered an increase in worker productivity, engagement, wellbeing, and job satisfaction.

Having seen the success, other big-name brands have jumped on board. Consumer goods company Unilever is currently trialling a four-day working week for all its New Zealand employees. Employees are paid for five days while working just four.

Even Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has given it a stamp of approval as a flexible work option. So, how does it work? What are the pros and cons of the four-day working week and in which organisations is it likely to be most successful?

Join us for an interview with Andrew Barnes, founder of Perpetual Guardian and 4-day work week champion. Andrew will share his experience and plus insights on the future of work.


Our guest:

Entrepreneur Andrew Barnes is an digital-age innovator and the founder of 4 Day Week Global and the 4 Day Week Global Foundation, which together provide a community environment for companies, researchers/academics and interested parties to be able to connect and advance this idea as part of the future of work. Andrew is on the advisory boards of both the US and Ireland 4 Day Week campaigns and the board of the newly created Wellbeing Research Centre at Oxford University.


The agenda

1. Panel discussion: We’ll start this discussion with the panel discussion, facilitated by host Sarah McGuinness.

2. Group discussion: After the discussion, then we’ll open the ‘floor’ for discussion, and we welcome any questions you have about the interview topic.

3. News: We’ll invite you to share any news or wins, or ask workplace wellbeing questions of the group. Sarah will also share updates from the world of workplace wellbeing.



The event is open to members of ROW Network and ROW Gold only.

BYO lunch. It’s all very informal.

FYI – The discussion section will be recorded to turn into a podcast. The Q & A or subsequent discussions will be not be included in the podcast (and please let us know if you have any concerns).

Instructions on how to join the meeting via Zoom will be provided upon registration.



Look forward to seeing you then!

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10 Mar 2021


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



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(Zoom details provided on registration)
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