Kia ora koutou,
In the ever-lasting quest to improve the way we do things, it has yet again been a stimulating period for the team at Perpetual Guardian.
You might have heard about the ‘Four Day Working Week Trial’ earlier this year. After a deep-dive into research on productivity, I decided to break down the conventional ways of working and trial a 32-hour work week with the team.
After the eight week trial, Professor Jarrod Haar from Auckland University of Auckland and Dr. Helen Delaney assessed the results and came back with their verdict: the trial was a resounding success!
Staff stress levels lowered by 7%; work-life balanced improved from 54% to 78%; and team engagement levels (leadership, commitment, stimulation and empowerment) increased across the board, jumping from 64-68% to 82-86%.
Delighted with this result, we are now implementing a flexible working policy across the country. Under the new policy, the team operates in a much more flexible working environment, but still have to meet certain requirements within this, which we believe will also enhance our quality of service to clients.
While the policy means individuals aren’t necessarily keeping to the Monday-Friday 9-5 rhythm, we have measures in place to ensure the best outcome for clients. Additionally, everyone is required to work in their local communities one day each quarter.
Your experience remains a priority, which is why everyone is working together to ensure a seamless transition.
In this edition of ‘PG Press’ we also have a number of important and exciting updates, including the introduction of a new digital arm of the business. I hope they will be as interesting to you as they are to me.
Andrew Barnes, Perpetual Guardian Founder and CEO