The Career Changers

Andrew Barnes | Making the world a better place with the four-day working week

June 23, 2022 Elisa Martinig Season 3 Episode 15
The Career Changers
Andrew Barnes | Making the world a better place with the four-day working week
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Show Notes

Our guest today is Andrew Barnes, Founder of 4 Day Week Global.

“A hundred years ago, we moved from working six-day weeks to five, and we’re overdue for an update. The 4-day work week is a reduction in the work week from a standard 40 hours to 32 hours for the same pay and benefits. This reduction has been proven to work for employees and employers. COVID-19 made it clear we can find a better balance between work and life. Let’s make the move together.”

Innovator, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Andrew Barnes has made a career of market-changing innovation and industry digitisation. Most recently, in New Zealand, Andrew triggered a revolution of the entire fiduciary and legal services industries, and the transformation he has led as the founder of Perpetual Guardian has positive implications both locally and globally.

The result has seen him establish 4 Day Week Global and the 4 Day Week Global Foundation with his partner, Charlotte Lockhart. Their vision for this is to 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. Through this work, he 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 conversation about the 4 Day work week is all over the world. We encourage businesses, employees, researchers, and government to all play their part in creating a new way of working that will improve business productivity, worker health outcomes, stronger families and communities, challenge the gender equality issue, and work towards a more sustainable work environment ".

In 2019 he wrote The 4 Day Week book, as a how-to guide for companies trying to reduce work hours and increase productivity. Through this work, he is on the advisory board of the Wellbeing Research Centre at Oxford University.

Today Andrew is going to talk about his career and how the 4 days working week can make the world a better place. 

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