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Friday Round-up 27/7/2018: four-day weeks, returnships, keeping flex from being 24/7 and workplace initiatives that do more harm than good

We'll be slowing down the schedule a little bit in the run-up to Christmas.
We'll be slowing down the schedule a little bit in the run-up to Christmas.

Happy Friday from everyone at Juggle. This is what we’ve been reading about, writing about and arguing (politely) about this week.

The four-day week: work less, get more

“Reduced hours for same pay increased successful work-life balance management, cutting stress levels and boosting commitment”. This article explains how a New Zealand firm cut their working week down to four days – decreasing stress levels by 7 percentage points across the board, with stimulation, commitment and a sense of empowerment at work all improving significantly and overall life satisfaction increasing by 5 percentage points – with no loss of productivity after an academically evaluated trial. We are Juggle’s complete lack of surprise… 

We asked for your thoughts with our Wednesday PollCould YOU take your working life down to four days a week without a loss of productivity? Participate in the poll now if you haven’t already.

The results of last week’s poll on the most productive office? Turns out that people don’t really care… as long as they can control their own meeting areas. Having enough space for collaboration – and being able to book/arrange it easily – was the most important thing to poll participants. Makes sense. Being able to control your space means both privacy (the big loss in an open office) and flexibility.

On the Juggle blog this week

We offered some advice for professionals on how to make sure that “flexible” doesn’t end up meaning “24/7”  and also lost our temper a little bit with the concept of “returnships.”  (Spoiler: we are not really fans).

Friday pub quiz:

We weren’t a fan of returnships, although we understand why people might be. Our big criticism: they reinforce the problem they intend to solve. Which leads to today’s Pub Quiz question for you to ponder and pontificate on over the weekend:

What’s your worst well-meaning workplace initiative?  

Last week’s Pub Quiz on office taboos that need to die turned up a surprisingly consistent target: the people are tired, tired of not being able to nap at work. We await the results of the first fully funded workplace nap trials with interest.

 

Comment below or hit us up on social media to carry on the conversation.

Have a great weekend, from everyone at Juggle.

 

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