Andrew Barnes

The 4-day week architect

Andrew Barnes

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 (as evidenced by his announcement of the 4 day week, which made headlines around the world).

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.

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.

Andrew Barnes

4 Day Week Global is a non-profit community established to provide a platform for like-minded people who are interested in supporting the idea of the 4-day work week as a part of the future of work. 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.

Our purpose is to encourage businesses, employees, researchers, and government to all play their part in creating a new way of working which will improve business productivity, worker health outcomes, stronger families and communities, challenge the gender equality issue, and work towards a more sustainable work environment.

4 Day Week Global is currently running a pilot programme in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. It is a coordinated 6-month trial of a 4-day working week, with no loss in pay for employees. We are launching new programmes every quarter in different regions.

Key Takeaways:
  • Understanding the 100-80-100 model: 100% of the pay, 80% of the time, but critically in exchange for 100% of the productivity
  • How the 4-day week can improve: productivity, wellbeing, engagement, recruitment, sustainability, gender equality and innovation
  • The opportunities to be involved in a 6-month pilot programme of 4-day week, with no loss in pay for employees.

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